In Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos has been caught up in a corruption scandal. His chief strategist in the 2010 presidential election campaign has resigned.
Appearing three weeks before the election, the allegations against J.J. Rendon were published over the weekend by the Colombian newspaper El Espectador and news magazine Semana. The reports cited testimony from a U.S. jail by Javier Antonio Calle, who was one of the country’s most-hunted drug traffickers until he turned himself into the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2012.
Rendon acknowledged on Monday that he was approached by intermediaries of Calle and other drug bosses after Santos’ 2010 election, but he denied taking any money for communicating to the president their offer to disarm in exchange for concessions such as protection from extradition to the U.S. CCTV’s Michelle Begue has more on this controversy from Bogota.