Uribe’s cousin facing seven years in prison

Colombian officials say a cousin of former President Alvaro Uribe has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison on charges of making deals with rightist paramilitary groups.

The Colombian Supreme Court made the announcement Monday in the case of former senator Mario Uribe, who was accused of having links with the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia and profiting from its actions.

Reports say the former senator was accused of making agreements with Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia units in the northwestern state of Antioquia for the armed units to intimidate and alarm voters to help him secure election to the senate several years ago. He has denied any ties to the right-wing terrorists.

During his presidency, Alvaro Uribe repeatedly denied collaborating with the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia

The United States has designated the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, along with two leftist rebel groups, as terrorist organizations.

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