Colombian senator left country for Panamá

The Colombian senator, Piedad Zuccardi, has left the country and is not seeking refugee status here, said the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería. Ms. Zuccardi is wanted in her country to answer questions about links to paramilitary groups.

The immigration department confirmed that the woman entered the country last Friday at Juan Santamaría but would not say where she went when she left Tuesday. Some Spanish-language news reports said she was seeking refugee status.

Reporters caught up with her in Panamá Thursday, and she said she had been conducting private business in Costa Rica and would return to her country to answer the allegations.

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