Colonel Hernán Mejía and Colonel Jorge Ruíz Mahecha were arrested, because they allegedly met with paramilitary leader “Jorge 40” to facilitate the penetration of paramilitary forces in the region of Valledupar in 2002 where the colonels were active.Uribe called for legal assistance of the officers. He wants to prevent military personel having to spend their pension or salary in lawsuits against them over what they did during service. “We should create an institutional system to defend our officers, sergeants, soldiers and policemen,” Uribe said.
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