Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe announced Tuesday that he takes responsibility for the actions of his former personal secretary Bernardo Moreno in the wiretapping scandal.
“I assume the judicial and political responsibility for this conduct,” Uribe said in a press release from Guatemala City. He added that he will make himself available to both Congress and the Supreme Court for investigations into the matter.
Moreno, who was the personal secretary of Uribe, is not allowed to hold public office for 18 years after the Inspector General on Monday convicted him for illegally ordering the wiretapping of Supreme Court magistrates, politicians, journalists and human rights organizations.
Uribe himself has denied ordering any illegal wiretapping and claims that those responsible for spying on the opposition are part of “a mafia group that hurts the Colombian Democracy, freedom, the country and the government itself.”