On This Day — El Aro Massacre [Colombia – October 22 1997]

“There are repeated accusations that the recordings were made by the British agency MI6, friends of Juan Manuel Santos, in a ruse against me.”

Former Colombia President Alvaro Uribe

“A cada cerdo le llega su San Martín.”

(Every pig will get his Saint Martin)

Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe is being investigated for his alleged participation in the ‘El Aro’ massacre which took place in the Department of Antioquia while he was governor.

The El Aro massacre (Spanish: Masacre del Aro) was a massacre in Colombia which occurred on October 22, 1997 in the municipality of Ituango, Department of Antioquia. 15 individuals accused of being leftist supporters of FARC were massacred by paramilitary groups with support from members of the Colombian Army. Perpetrators also raped women, burned down 43 houses, stole cattle and forcibly displaced 900 people. Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe will be investigated due to his alleged participation in the massacre that took place in the Department of Antioquia while he was governor. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On May 31, 2018, the Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia declared El Aro Massacre as a crime against humanity.

After his extradition to the United States, AUC paramilitary leader Salvatore Mancuso has continued to testify via satellite as part of the Justice and Peace process. On November 18, 2008, Revista Semana reported on Mancuso’s declarations about the 1997 El Aro massacre, in which he stated that the AUC had received logistical help from the Colombian military and police.

Mancuso said that three helicopters, one belonging to the guerrillas, another from the Colombian military and one from the Antioquia governor’s office were present in the zone. Former Colombia President Alvaro Uribe was the governor between 1995 and 1997.

Former paramilitary fighter, Francisco Enrique Villalba Hernández, has also accused  Uribe of planning the massacre, along with General Ospina, General Rosso, among other individuals.

What now?

On July 25 2018, former President Alvaro Uribe resigned his Senate seat to face a bribery and fraud investigation in the Supreme Court. [Uribe’s brother — Santiago — is currently awaiting trial for allegedly running a paramilitary group known as the Twelve Apostles.]

The bizarre part of the story is that Alvaro Uribe blames brittish Intelligence Services MI6 for his troubles?!? Maybe, the former president is just making things up.

In that case, let us give “Dr Uribe” some Brownie points for creativity as he does not blame the CIA like everyone else from Venezuela to the Philippines.

On the other hand, it is perfectly possible that MI6 have finally turned against him.


Uribe, a mentor of Colombia’s incoming President Ivan Duque, is under investigation by the court over allegations he made false accusations and tampered with witnesses in a case he himself started by making similar accusations against a leftist senator.

Known for a hardline military crackdown on Marxist guerrillas during his 2002-2010 government, Uribe cited on Twitter what he said were claims that recordings in the case were made by MI6, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service.

“There are repeated accusations that the recordings were made by the British agency MI6, friends of Juan Manuel Santos. Foreign authorities in a ruse against me,” Uribe said.

He did not specify exactly which recordings he was referring to or the source of the accusations. But in a statement on Tuesday, the Supreme Court referenced intercepted phone calls between a lawyer and a former official that it said had plotted to undermine the case against Uribe.

A spokeswoman for Britain’s Foreign Office declined to comment on Uribe’s tweet. MI6, which is accountable to British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, did not respond to calls requesting comment. [Reuters]

Alvaro Uribe was previously very close to the British government and their spooks. He was strongly supported in his campaign for the presidency by the British.

In order to stand as a candidate, he had to renounce his position as governor of Antioquia. However, if he renounced, he would immediately lose his close protection bodyguard team, bomb-proof car and so on…

Moreover, he would be at physical risk, so the British offered him a scholarship at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, where he was supposed to study for a couple of years writing his PhD.

St Antony’s is known among some observers as Spook Hall because of its connections to the UK security and intelligence services. On the day he renounced his governorship, he was taken by the British embassy bodyguards in an armed convoy to the airport at Bogotá and sent off to Oxford.

No trace of a PhD can be found on any of the published material from Oxford University. After a couple of years he announced his candidature for the Presidency of Colombia and returned to Colombia.

If the UK spooks have cut him loose, the question is why? His name has appeared on several CIA lists of known drug traffickers but this didn’t concern the Brits. It was also widely believed that he was the power behind many of the paramilitary death squads and that didn’t bother the Brits either.

I suspect that he may have fallen out with the Americans and that would be enough for the UK to dump him or even to gather evidence against him.

With the coming of Brexit, it seems likely that the UK will be desperate to do whatever will please the US. The current UK government sees the US as the only friend they might have after Brexit.

Colombia: Uribe’s involvement in ‘El Aro’ massacre to be investigated

Former Colombian president and current Senator Alvaro Uribe will be investigated for the death of 15 peasant farmers in 1997 in what was known as the ‘El Aro’ massacre.

The Justice and Peace division of the High Court of Medellin called for the investigation of Uribe to proceed due to his alleged participation in the massacre that took place in the Department of Antioquia while he was governor.


El Aro Massacre — Wikipedia


On This Day — El Aro Massacre (October 22 1997)

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