BOGOTA – Colombia’s Council of State on Tuesday struck down a 2010 decision by the Inspector General’s Office barring leftist former Sen. Piedad Cordoba from public life for 14 years.
The IG Office imposed the sanction without sufficient evidence, sources on the council told EFE.
Cordoba, one of the country’s most prominent Afro-Colombian politicians, was accused by the IG Office of having unlawfully funded an ally’s congressional campaign.
Also in 2010, the IG Office ousted Cordoba from the Senate and banned her from holding public office for 18 years for alleged ties to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
The Council of State overturned that measure in August, saying that the evidence against Cordoba was “illegally collected.”
Then-President Alvaro Uribe had authorized Cordoba to deal with the FARC to secure the freedom of rebel-held prisoners. While still a senator, she helped arrange the release of more than a dozen politicians and members of the security forces.
She brokered several other hostage handovers as a private citizen following her removal from the Senate, where she served for 16 years.
Cordoba, who now leads the Marcha Patriotica party, is eligible to seek office in Colombia’s 2018 general elections.