On August 29 Colombia’s high court issued an arrest order for Luis Alfredo Ramos, former senator and current presidential candidate, on suspicion of collaboration with paramilitaries.
Luis Alfredo Ramos, a candidate with former President Alvaro Uribe's Democratic Center party, is the latest elite figure to be linked to the “para-politics” scandal. Authorities are probing Ramos’ purported collaboration with Freddy Rendón AKA “El Aleman" -- a now “demobilized” commander of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).
Ramos is also suspected of links to Juan Carlos Sierra AKA “El Tuso" -- another AUC commander now imprisoned in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. “El Tuso” is reported have made major contributions to Ramos' political campaigns. Of the Democratic Center party’s five primary candidates, three now have criminal investigations pending against them related to paramilitary collaboration.