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Colombian says Escobar paid M-19 to attack justice building

A former Colombian justice minister said Tuesday that the late drug lord Pablo Escobar paid the now-defunct M-19 guerrilla group to attack and occupy the seat of the judiciary in 1985, an action that left more than 100 people dead. Former Minister Carlos Medellin said he has documents to back up his allegations, including one showing “that Pablo Escobar paid $5 million for the attack on the Palace of Justice” in downtown Bogota. In another document, Medellin said, “Escobar talks with the leader of the M-19 to negotiate the head of (Supreme Court Chief Justice) Alfonso Reyes Echandia for $1 million and (offers) $1 million to burn the extradition files” of drug traffickers. Full Story

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