Tamil Diplomat

Ex-Colombia spy chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado jailed for 14 years

The former head of Colombia’s secret police, Maria del Pilar Hurtado, has been jailed for 14 years for spying on politicians, judges and journalists. The 51-year-old was in charge of the now-defunct Administrative Security Department (DAS), when the offences occurred between 2007 and 2008.

She was convicted of intercepting phone calls and abusing public office. Those targeted were political opponents of Alvaro Uribe, who was president at the time. Mr Uribe’s former chief of staff, Bernardo Moreno, was given an eight year sentence for his involvement, to be served at his home. Hurtado fled Colombia in 2010 after Mr Uribe left office and the allegations were made public.