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Senator admits backing militias

November 27, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

A member of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's congressional coalition has admitted supporting illegal right-wing militias, deepening the worst political crisis to hit the Andean country in years.

In a newspaper interview, Sen. Miguel de la Espriella became the first member of Congress to admit dealing with the militias, which are accused of atrocities in Colombia's civil war. Three other congressmen from Uribe's coalition have been charged with financing and organizing the groups.

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