Ex-Colombian intel official to face murder charges

AP News
Posted: May 17, 2011 2:46 PM
Ex-Colombian intel official to face murder charges

Colombian prosecutors say they will seek murder charges against a former deputy director of the country's domestic intelligence agency in the 1994 assassination of leftist Sen. Manuel Cepeda.

Prosecutors issued a formal accusation on Tuesday against Jose Miguel Narvaez, a former Navy officer and prominent rightist.

He has been jailed for two years awaiting trial on charges of criminal conspiracy and illegal wiretapping in a domestic spying scandal.

The new accusation alleges Narvaez was the mastermind of the Cepeda assassination and cites testimony from jailed far-right warlords.

Prosecutors are also investigating allegations Narvaez was involved in the 1999 killing of humorist Jaime Garzon.

Narvaez denies the charges.

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