Sunday, February 1, 2015

Ex-Spy Chief Wanted on Charges of... Spying

Colombia — The former head of Colombia’s intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.

Maria del Pilar Hurtado late Friday turned herself over to authorities in Panama, where she fled in 2010. She was taken on a pre-dawn flight to Bogota, where a judge ordered her to be jailed at the chief prosecutor’s office while charges are considered.

Chief prosecutor Eduardo Montealegre said Hurtado was being processed for at least five offenses that could bring 15 to 20 years in prison for a conviction. He said he would urge Hurtado to cooperate and reveal “who gave the order for the illegal wiretapping.”