Colombian Ambassador to London Resigns Amid Assassination Allegations

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 21 December 2007

In a fresh blow for the Colombian Government's diplomatic efforts, the Colombian Ambassador to Britain, Carlos Medellin Becerra, has resigned his post in response to press reports that an official close to the Colombia President, Alvaro Uribe, was linked to the assassination of his father-in-law.

According to the Colombian news weekly 'Cambio', Ambassador Becerra was shocked to learn that Jose Obdulio Gavira, a personal advisor to the President and first cousin of former drugs lord Pablo Escobar, is the brother of one of those allegedly involved in murdering newspaper editor Guillermo Cano. Mr Cano, the former editor of 'El Espectador' newspaper was killed as he left his office in 1986.

For the full report (in Spanish) please see the 'Cambio' website:

The resignation of Ambassador Becerra comes only days after Rodrigo Lara, the Director of the Government's anti-corruption program, also handed in his resignation. News weekly 'Semana' reported that Mr Lara left his post after becoming concerned that his father, former Justice Minister Rodrigo Lara Bonilla, had been murdered for revealing that an aircraft found at a cocaine lab during the biggest drugs raid in Colombian history, was in fact owned by President Uribe's father.

For the full report (again in Spanish) see

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