Be Careful What You Witness For: Uribe Stands Trial in Colombia

Oct 7, 2019
2:30 PM
Originally published at Latin America News Dispatch

Former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe Vélez is standing trial for tampering with witnesses and making false accusations. It’s the first time Colombia’s Supreme Court has charged an ex-president with a crime, and Uribe is the most powerful politician in Colombia. We dive into who Uribe is and why he’s on trial, and LAND reporter Nico Bedoya talks to Colombians in San Carlos about which version of their former president they accept: hero or criminal.

Guests: Adriaan Alsema, Gimena Sánchez, Santiago Daza Espinosa, Farid Alberto Usme Cortez, Andrés Cuéllar, Iván Darío Posada García, Maria Patricia Bedoya Velásquez and Christina Noriega. Reporters: Nico Bedoya, Colleen Connolly and Alanna Elder. Hosts: Colleen Connolly and Cameron Oakes. Producer: Alanna Elder. LAND editor: Colleen Connolly. Music: Dirt Rhodes by Kevin McLeod, After the Week I’ve Had by Dexter Britain, Falling Rain by Myuu, Holed Me Down and a mix by Dax on the Trax. Other sounds: “President Bush Honors Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients”, The White House; “Candente debate entre Iván Cepeda y Álvaro Uribe – 17 de Septiembre de 2014”, Noticias Caracol.