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Sep 042008

Here is an English translation of a table compiled in mid-August by the Colombian think-tank INDEPAZ. It lists the 39 members of Colombia’s Congress who are under investigation, and the 29 currently in detention, on suspicion of having colluded with paramilitary groups.

The list has been updated to reflect the release, two weeks ago, of Sen. Mario Uribe (the president’s cousin) and other very controversial cases of charges dropped by the Prosecutor-General’s Office.

Thanks to CIP Intern Anthony Dest for the translation.

Members of Congress implicated
in parapolitics; the list includes those under current investigation and
those detained as of September 3, 2008.

And the count continues…

PARAPOLITICS

INDEPAZ investigative unit

Members of Congress INVESTIGATED

 Department
 
 Name  Title  Party

Antioquia

5

Atlántico

2

Mauricio
Parodi Díaz

Representative

Liberal

Oscar
Suárez Mira

Senator

“Wings” Team Colombia (Alas Equipo Colombia)

Antonio
Valencia Duque

Senator

“Wings” Team Colombia (Alas Equipo Colombia)

Jorge
Morales Gil

Representative

Liberal

Mario
Uribe Escobar

Senator

Democratic Colombia (Colombia Democrática)

David
Char

Senator

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Armando
Benedetti

Senator

Social National Unity (”La ‘U’”)

Bogotá

Juan
Carlos Restrepo Escobar

Senator

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Bolívar

3

Javier
Cáceres Leal

Senator

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Héctor
Julio Alfonso López

Representative

Liberal Opening (Apertura Liberal)

Fernando
Tafur Díaz

Representative

Liberal Opening (Apertura Liberal)

Cauca

Luís
Fernando Velasco

Senator

Liberal

Caldas

2

Adriana
Patricia Gutiérrez Jaramillo

Senator

Social National Unity (”La ‘U’”)

Víctor
Renan Barco López

Senator

Liberal

Cesar

Alfredo
Cuello Baute

Representative

Conservative

Córdoba

3

Musa
Besaile Fayad

Representative

Liberal

Zulema
Jattin Corrales

Senator

Social National Unity (”La ‘U’”)

Julio
Manzur

Senator

Conservative

Cundinamarca

Nancy
Patricia Gutiérrez

Senator

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Guainia

Sandra
Velásquez

Representative

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Magdalena

Rodrigo
Roncallo Fandiño

Representative

Liberal Opening (Apertura Liberal)

Meta

Luís
Carlos Torres Rueda

Senator

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Nariño

2

Eduardo
Enríquez Maya

Senator

Conservative

Myiam
Paredes

Representative

Conservative

Norte
de Santander

3

Carlos
Emiro Barriga

Senator

Citizen Convergence (Convergencia Ciudadana)

Juan
Manuel Corzo

Senator

Conservative

Manuel
Guillermo Mora

Senator

Social National Unity (”La ‘U’”)

Putumayo

Guillermo
Rivera Flórez

Representative

Liberal

Risaralda

Habib
Merheg Marun

Senator

Long Live Colombia (Colombia Viva)

Santander

4

Luís
Alberto Gil Castillo

Senator

Citizen Convergence (Convergencia Ciudadana)

José
Manuel Herrera Cely

Representative

Citizen Convergence (Convergencia Ciudadana)

Oscar
Josué Reyes Cárdenas

Senator

Citizen Convergence (Convergencia Ciudadana)

Luís
Alfonso Riaño

Representative

Citizen Convergence (Convergencia Ciudadana)

Sucre

2

Jairo
Fernández Quessep

Representative

Social Action (Acción Social)

José
Maria Conde

Representative

Democratic Colombia (Colombia Democrática)

Tolima

Mauricio
Jaramillo Martínez

Senator

Liberal

Valle

3

Dilian
Francisca Toro

Senator

Social National Unity (”La ‘U’”)

Juan
Carlos Martines Sinisterra

Senator

Citizen Convergence (Convergencia Ciudadana)

Luis
Carlos Restrepo Orozco

Representative

Social National Unity (”La ‘U’”)

Total Members of Congress INVESTIGATED 

 Political Party   Senators  Representatives  Total

Liberal Opening (Apertura Liberal)

1

3

4

“Wings” Team Colombia (Alas Equipo Colombia)

1

0

1

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

5

1

6

Democratic Colombia (Colombia Democrática)

1

1

2

Long Live Colombia (Colombia Viva)

1

0

1

Conservative

3

2

5

Citizen Convergence (Convergencia Ciudadana)

4

2

6

Liberal

3

4

7

Social Action (Acción Social)

0

1

1

Social National Unity (”La ‘U’”)

5

1

6

Total

24

15

39

PARAPOLITICS

INDEPAZ investigative unit

Members of Congress DETAINED

 Department  Name  Title   Party

Antioquia

3

Rubén
Darío Quintero

Senator

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Humberto Builes

Senator

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Guillermo
Gaviria Zapata

Senator

 Liberal

Atlántico

2

Dieb
Nicolás Maloof Couse

Senator

Long Live Colombia (Colombia Viva)

Jorge
Castro Pacheco

Senator

Long Live Colombia (Colombia Viva)

Bolívar

Vicente
Blel Saad

Senator

Long Live Colombia (Colombia Viva)

Boyacá

Ciro
Ramírez Pinzón

Senator

Conservative

Caldas

2

Emilio
Enrique Angel Barco

Representative

Liberal

Dixon
Ferney Tapasco

Representative

Liberal

Caquetá

Luís
Fernando Almario Rojas

Representative

Popular Participation (Participación
Popular)

Casanare

Oscar
Leonidas Wilches Carreño

Representative

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Cesar

3

Álvaro
Araujo Castro

Senator

“Wings” Team Colombia (Alas Equipo Colombia)

Álvaro
Morón Cuello

Representative

“Wings” Team Colombia (Alas Equipo Colombia)

Mauricio
Pimiento Barrera

Senator

Social National Unity (”La ‘U’”)

Córdoba

3

Magdalena

6

Norte de Santander

Sucre

2

Tolima

3

Miguel
De La Espriella Burgos

Senator

Democratic Colombia (Colombia Democrática)

Reginaldo
Enrique Montes

Senator

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Juan
Manuel López Cabrales

Senator

Liberal

Jorge
Luís Caballero Caballero

Representative

Liberal Opening (Apertura Liberal)

Alfonso
Campo Escobar

Representative

Conservative

Karley
Patricia Lara Vence

Representative

Moral Movement (Movimiento
Moral)

Luís
Eduardo Vives Lacourte

Senator

Citizen Convergence (Convergencia Ciudadana)

Miguel
Pinedo Vidal

Senator

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

Alonso
de Jesús Ramírez

Representative

Moral Movement (Movimiento
Moral)

Ricardo Elcure Chacón

Senator

Democratic Colombia (Colombia Democrática)

Álvaro
García Romero

Senator

Democratic Colombia (Colombia Democrática)

Eric
Julio Morris Toboada

Representative

Democratic Colombia (Colombia Democrática)

Gonzalo
García Angarita

Representative

Conservative

Pompilio
Avendaño

Representative

Liberal

Carlos
García Orjuela

Senator

Social National Unity (”La ‘U’”)

Total Members of Congress DETAINED

 Political Party   Senators  Representatives  Total

Liberal Opening (Apertura Liberal)

0

1

1

“Wings” Team Colombia (Alas Equipo Colombia)

1

1

2

Radical Change (Cambio Radical)

4

1

5

Democratic Colombia (Colombia Democrática)

3

1

4

Long Live Colombia (Colombia Viva)

3

0

3

Conservative

1

2

3

Citizen Convergence (Convergencia Ciudadana)

1

0

1

Moral Movement (Movimiento
Moral)

0

2

2

Liberal

2

3

5

Participación Popular

0

1

1

Social National Unity (”La ‘U’”)

2

0

2

Total

17

12

29

Modified September 3, 2008

7 Responses to “Para-Politics in Colombia’s Congress: updated count”

  1. Kyle Says:

    Great post, with everything that has been going on in Colombia, it is good to know someone is keep an official tab of the para-politics still. It’s a lot harder to keep tabs of than the farc-politica with its 12 under investigation mainly for possible unauthorized contact…

  2. Jaime Bustos Says:

    Kalyman, I know only of Piedad Cordoba and another politician being investigated, for farc related links. There are some journalists too. Could you enumarate the other politicians, that make up the twelve, for truth’s sake?

  3. Richard Says:

    Excellent post… I dont know about the previous comments though… without the the FARC, there would be no serious politics in Colombia, and hence no hope for social change in Colombia. following website of leading Latin Americanist Professor James Petras is recommended. http://petras.lahaine.org/index.php

  4. Russell Says:

    Nicely done. It’d be nice to have the parties that have 0 totals listed, too, for comparison for those of us who don’t know Colombia’s party system.

  5. Stuart Says:

    Wow, Richard. I agree with Petras on some things, particularly on the geopolitical and neoliberal importance of Plan Colombia (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1132/is_1_53/ai_74826973/pg_1?tag=artBody;col1), but he goes way overboard in attempting to legitimate the FARC’s dirty tactics by arguing that the Russians, Chinese and Vietnamese never would have gotten anywhere without doing the same stuff (http://www.lahaine.org/index.php?blog=3&title=fidel_castro_y_las_farc_ocho_tesis_erron) and that it’s ok because the Colombian state/paramilitaries do way worse things. The lesser evil is still evil, and all revolutions which place ends above means are doomed to failure.

    The only solution for Colombia is economic integration and opportunity for the disaffected and rule of law. Although the farc-politica seems to be a politicized reaction to the parapolitica, you have to uphold rule of law across the board and carry out investigations, or else the whole enterprise loses legitimacy, just like Uribe is hoping for.

  6. Kyle Says:

    You are right Jaime that the farcpolitica covers varies people. I meant that by the 12 people just the 12 people in total being looked into but should have specified that they are not all politicians, although the “scandal” has been labeled “farcopolitica.”

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