According to reports, Mr. Uribe left his wife and three kids one day after informing her in an appearance with a nearby radio station that he had “a very nice employment chance.” The lady introduced herself as Mrs. Uribe.
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She asserted that there had been a probe into her husband’s role in the false positives case, but that he had been exonerated.
The accused are alleged to have flown out of Bogotá as early as May and traveled to Panama, where they spent a short while before traveling to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. A couple more people came in early June before leaving for Haiti.
Colombia’s armed forces have fought left-wing insurgents, paramilitaries, and drug traffickers for decades with the assistance of U.S. military assistance and training.
For decades, young men in Colombia have been conscripted into the military, but after they leave the military, they frequently have limited prospects for employment.
They attract people searching for a hired gun because of this. For instance, the United Arab Emirates surreptitiously dispatched hundreds of Colombian soldiers to aid in the civil war in Yemen in 2015.
Due to the substantial pay—up to $3,000 per month, as opposed to roughly $400 per month back home—many Colombians stayed.
Paul Angelo, a security specialist, told the Council on Foreign Relations that, with the exception of private security, skills acquired by members of the economic underclass are not easily transferable to the civilian sector.
The accused individuals allegedly left the service between 2002 and 2018, according to Colombia’s army leader, Gen. Luis Fernando Navarro, who spoke on Friday. He said that the men were acting “mercenarily” and with “purely economic” motives.
Catherine Porter and Julie Turkewitz joined Natalie Kitroeff and Anatoly Kurmanaev from Mexico City. Julian Barnes, Eric Schmitt, and Adam Goldman from the United States, Sofi Villamil from Cartagena, Colombia, Edinson Bolaos from Bogota, Simon Romero, Milo Milford, and Harold Isaac from Port-au-Prince, and Andre Paulte, Milo Milford, and Harold Isaac from the United Kingdom all contributed reporting.