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Colombia’s Fugitive Ex-Spy Chief to Surrender, Lawyer Says

BOGOTA – Colombian former intelligence chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado, charged with illegal spying on journalists, judges and politicians, has decided to surrender after Interpol issued a Red Notice for her apprehension, her attorney said Friday.

“She says she is in Panama,” Jaime Camacho told Colombian media. “I talked with her and she said she intended to surrender to authorities, but I don’t have additional details.”

The attorney said he will seek an acquittal for Hurtado, who face charges for illegal surveillance while she led the now-defunct DAS intelligence agency during the 2002-2010 government of Alvaro Uribe.

Colombian authorities accuse Hurtado of aggravated criminal conspiracy, embezzlement, falsification of public documents, illegal surveillance of communications and abuse of authority.

An official source in Panama told Efe that Panamanian police and immigration authorities were looking for Hurtado and planned to turn her over to Colombia “in accord with established judicial norms.”

Hurtado went into hiding in Panama last year after the government revoked the asylum granted to her in 2010 and rejected her application for refugee status.

Colombia has cancelled the former top spy’s passport.

 

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