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One of the most decorated officers in Colombia arrested following spy ring investigation

September 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
One of the most decorated officers in Colombia arrested following spy ring investigation

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Associated Press – One of the most decorated police officers in Colombia has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a criminal ring that illegally intercepted the private communications of prominent politicians and business leaders.

Law enforcement officials in Colombia said Gen. Humberto Guatibonza led an anti-kidnapping police unit and headed Bogota’s police until he retired in 2016. He was arrested Wednesday on six charges including criminal conspiracy.

Three other retired officials had already been arrested. Prosecutors maintain that the group sold information obtained from illegally hacking into private communications.

Among its clients were major companies and politicians looking to spy on unions or potential rivals.

Discovery of the criminal gang comes nearly a decade after the dismantling of another clandestine spy network comprised of corrupt intelligence officials who spied on journalists, supreme court magistrates and critics of former President Alvaro Uribe.

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