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Colombia ex-justice minister to be charged in death of presidential candidate

[JURIST] Colombian prosecutors plan to file charges against former justice minister Alberto Santofimio Botero [BBC report] in connection with the 1989 assassination of Liberal party presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan [Wikipedia profile], the attorney general's office announced Wednesday. Santofimio will face homicide and conspiracy charges for Galan's assassination, which took place as he spoke at a political rally. Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar [Wikipedia profile], killed by police in 1993, allegedly ordered the assassination at Botero's suggestion. Botero has denied the charges and said his accuser, a former hit man, should not be trusted. AP has more. From Medellin, El Mundo has local coverage.

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