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Critics: Colombia manipulates crime data

Critics say President Alvaro Uribe’s government is manipulating statistics to make Colombia appear safer, casting doubt on achievements that have made him popular both at home and with the U.S. government. One of the leading critics is Cesar Caballero, who said he quit as director of the federal statistics office in 2004 because Uribe’s office told him not to release a study that found sharply higher homicide rates in major Colombian cities. “The president’s policy is that you have to maintain the perception that security has improved, no matter what the case,” Caballero said. Full Story

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