Colombia asks Panama to extradite ex-spy chief

AP News
Posted: Dec 14, 2011 1:08 PM
Colombia asks Panama to extradite ex-spy chief

Panama's Foreign Ministry says Colombia has asked it to extradite former Colombian intelligence chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado to face conspiracy, wiretapping and abuse of authority charges.

Hurtado headed Colombia's DAS domestic intelligence agency in 2007 and 2008.

The agency was dissolved in October after it was caught spying on presidential foes, including judges, reporters and human rights activists, under former president Alvaro Uribe. Uribe governed from 2002 to 2010 and has denied knowledge of the abuses.

Some DAS agents also colluded with bloody right-wing militias.

Hurtado obtained political asylum in Panama in 2010 with Uribe's help.

Panama said Wednesday it would weigh the extradition request.