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Ex-president’s arrest order could spell the end of Uribismo in Colombia

Álvaro Uribe became the first former Colombian president to be arrested. He was detained as part of a witness tampering investigation

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Alvaro Uribe Velez arrives to the Palace of Justice for the first inquiry made to a ex-president of Colombia for fraud, in 2019. Photo: Sebastian Barros/Shutterstock

Arguably the most powerful politician in Colombia, former President Álvaro Uribe suffered a huge legal defeat on Tuesday, as the country’s Supreme Court ordered he be placed under house arrest as part of a case involving fraud and witness tampering. This marks the first time in Colombia’s history that a former president has been placed under arrest.

Mr. Uribe served as head of state between 2002 and 2010, but the scandal leading to Tuesday’s arrest order related to events in 2012, when the ex-president held a seat in the Senate.

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