Mario Uribe, imprisoned former Senator and cousin of former President Alvaro Uribe, exerted his influence on key decisions made by his cousin’s former government, recordings leaked Monday showed.
One of the undated recordings, released by the magazine Semana and television news program Noticias Uno, is of a conversation between Uribe and the then presidential legal secretary, Mauricio Gonzales in which they discuss a strategy whereby Gonzales might secure a position as a judge in the Constitutional Court. In another of the recordings, a conversation takes place between Uribe and an unidentified man named ‘Diego’ regarding the ‘mobilization’ of an unidentified woman simply referred to as ‘her’. The third recording is of a conversation between Uribe and his cousin’s chief of staff, Bernardo Moreno, regarding former lawmakers’ attendance at an event in “Montreal.”
Mario Uribe has recently been imprisoned for seven and a half years years for his alleged ties to various paramilitary groups.