RIONEGRO, Colombia – Former President Alvaro Uribe announced on Monday that he seeks to have a Supreme Court judge recused from a case in which he has been subpoenaed to testify.
At a press conference held at the entrance to his Rionegro residence near Medellin, Uribe said that Judge Jose Luis Barcelo “has been acting through (investigator) Sandra Yepes,” a woman that he considers “biased” against him.
Jaime Granados, one of Uribe’s attorneys, said they have already entered the document to recuse Barcelo, given that they consider “they have confirmed” the former president’s “right to defense.”
In that sense, he noted that twice they have asked “whether it was true that (Uribe) was being investigated,” to which the court first answered that it was not sure and the second time gave no answer at all.
Finally, Granados said they have known that “several reporters were allowed access to evidentiary material in this case before any defense was appointed, which, in his opinion, “impedes” Uribe from defending himself and “makes him look guilty of acts he never committed.”
Uribe, who was president between 2002-2010, is being investigated by the Supreme Court in a case of witness tampering brought against him by leftist Sen. Ivan Cepeda.
It all goes back to 2012, when right-winger Uribe accused Cepeda of trying to find demobilized paramilitaries willing to testify that the former president had connections to the militias while serving as governor of his native province of Antioquia.
After learning of the case, Uribe resigned his seat in the Senate last Tuesday to which he was reelected on March 11.