All of the accusations against Álvaro Uribe originated from one man — Senator Iván Cepeda, a leftist politician who has been waging a political war against Uribe for decades. His attempts to turn his political attacks into judicial action had repeatedly failed until the Supreme Court of Justice was exposed as a centerpiece of a massive corruption scandal called the “Toga Cartel” and had three chief justices in three years.
Then-Chief Justice José Leonidas Bustos, who had previously shielded Cepeda’s ties to the terrorist FARC organization in 2011 by suppressing evidence, was the ringleader of a massive scheme of selling lighter sentences for cash. He fled to Canada in 2019 to avoid prosecution. Bustos was replaced as chief justice by Judge José Luis Barceló, who had co-signed the suppression order with Bustos that shielded Cepeda in 2011. Barceló obtained the 2012 complaint by Álvaro Uribe against Cepeda and systematically suppressed all the incriminating evidence presented in order to close it without further consideration and launch his own criminal case against Uribe, violating his rights through illegal wiretapping and leaking selective material to the media. Despite the failure to obtain any evidence that Uribe broke the law, and validating a litany of crimes by Cepeda and violations of Uribe’s constitutional rights, the court ordered Uribe’s arrest on August 4, 2020.
Ivan Cepeda and the FARC:
Senator Ivan Cepeda and the FARC have shared a common goal for over a decade: to reverse the success of Plan Colombia and replace it with a Marxist state. Cepeda’s relationship with the FARC, both during the period of active terrorism and after the peace deal of 2016, is public knowledge.
- The Colombian judiciary had mountains of tangible evidence showing FARC terrorist leader Jesus Santrich conspired to traffic 10 tons of cocaine out of Colombia – a blood-soaked business that helped finance the organization’s terrorist operations. But the judges let Santrich walk free. Ivan Cepeda announced his “solidarity” with Santrich – something Cepeda has never offered to the victims of the FARC – and was later photographed escorting Santrich away from the Attorney General’s office in his car.
- Shortly after the courts set Santrich free in 2019, Cepeda’s other close FARC ally – the guerrillas’ second-in-command, Ivan Marquez, built a new guerrilla camp in the jungle and announced a call to return to arms and resume the terror war against Colombia’s democratic government. He was joined in the announcement by Santrich.
- After Santrich resumed the FARC terror campaign in 2019, Ivan Cepeda said in March 2020 he did not regret defending the FARC leader and would have no problem keeping a dialogue with FARC members despite their past histories of rape, massacres and drug trafficking.
- Cepeda’s admiration and close relationship with the dictatorial regime next door in Venezuela is public knowledge. He praised Hugo Chavez as the “the architect of a new order in our continent” and said his legacy would live on “forever and ever.”
- Rodrigo Echeverri, alias “Timochenko,” then the supreme leader of the Marxist guerilla group, defended Cepeda amidst President Uribe’s complaint over Cepeda’s abuse of public office and inducing false testimonies. In 2015, Timochenko tweeted at the Attorney General of Colombia: “Vengeance, retaliation, or retribution fuel confrontation.”