The Colombian Public Prosecutor has asked the Bogotá Supreme Court to prosecute former Arauca Governor Ricardo Alvarado on charges of “threatening witnesses” and “obstruction of justice” on alleged illegal association with the National Liberation Army (ELN). .
Prosecution delegate Ismael López supported the prosecutor’s claim and stated that there was enough evidence to prove Alvarado’s relationship with the ELN, reports Colombian media El Nuevo Siglo.
According to López, prosecutors have confirmed the “existence of abundant evidence” that the former governor of the department of Arauca arranged and maintained “alliances with members” of the ELN in order to “engage in various behaviors that threaten the mechanisms of democratic participation of the administration and public safety “.
“The contextual analysis shows a process of arrest and co-opting of the state by criminal organizations, according to the prosecutor and the evidence presented,” said López, adding that Alvarado “acted under the guise of legality”. in the governor’s office, “but under a hidden form he maintained these connections which he was accused of.”
Alvarado is accused, along with the governor of Arauca, José Facundo Castillo Cisneros, of a conspiracy to commit a crime and to finance terrorism.