The anti-corruption unit of the Colombian Prosecutor General’s office will open a formal investigation into allegations that Tomas Uribe, son of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe bribed congressmen to ensure his father’s re-election in 2006.
Tomas Uribe was allegedly involved in the naming of Luz Marina Ocampo as a notary in Tunja, Boyaca, a town north-east of Bogota.
According to the former superintendent of notaries, Manuel Cuello Baute, more than 30 notaries were assigned on government orders and Tomas Uribe and Casa de Nariño officials were involved in the assignment.
Tomas Uribe testified before the Supreme Court on July 30, 2009 regarding the allegations. Exactly a year later, Supreme Court Magistrate Yesid Ramirez requested a formal investigation into the allegations, leading President Uribe to lash out and accuse the court of “destroying justice” and “replacing it with hatred.”