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Colombia' Ex-minister accused of killing

Dec. 22, 2005 at 3:29 PM

BOGOTA, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A former Colombian minister was charged with plotting the assassination of a former presidential candidate 16 years ago, El Tiempo reported Thursday online.

Ex-Justice Minister Alberto Santofimio Botero allegedly orchestrated the death of Luis Carlos Galan at a rally in Bogota.

Santofimio Botero was reportedly a close associate of Colombia's one-time most notorious drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar.

Galan hailed from the former minister's Liberal Party and was leading the polls at the time of his death, running on an anti-corruption platform.

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