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Colombian Senator Says Former President Alvaro Uribe Stole State Funds

Bogota, October 3 (RHC)-- Colombian senator Ivan Cepeda denounced that former President Alvaro Uribe promoted the implementation of public works in his own farms and took hold of iddle lands that belonged to farmers.

Cepeda said that Uribe participated in the allocation of over five thousand 800 million pesos, nearly three million US dollars from the national budget to the district of Mocari, which provides water to his properties.

The human rights activist said that in that district, which is in the northeastern Cordoba department, Uribe and his family have 59 farms that includes one thousand 469 hectares of land, which benefited from improvement projects amounting to over 1.4 billion pesos, (705 thousand dollars) between 2007 and 2009.

Uribe, who wants to run for senator next year, used his power to enrich himself, said Senator Cepeda, who denounced that the Uribe family illegally acquired four farms in the Cordoba department between 1996 and 2003, plus other lands.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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