5 Politicians Who Were Guilty Of Murder

Politicians Guilty
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Alberto Santofimio (cont)

Another candidate vying for the presidency was the journalist, former Colombian Ambassador to Italy, and Minister of Education, Luis Galán. Galán was a fierce and vocal opponent of the drug cartels and Pablo Escobar in particular. When Escobar tried to become a member of the Colombian House of Representatives, he publicly called for him to be extradited to the United States to pay for his crimes.

On 18 August 1989, while Galán was comfortably leading in the polls, he was gunned down by Escobar assassins during a campaign rally in the town of Soacha, Cundinamarca. Initially cleared of having any involvement in the murder, it would be in 2005 when the truth would finally come to light. Jhon Jairo Velásquez, a hired assassin of Pablo Escobar’s also known as “Popeye,” would testify that Santofimio was indeed involved.

Due to this confession and after new evidence surfaced, Santofimio was found guilty in 2007 and sentenced to 24 years in prison. This decision was briefly overturned by a panel of 3 Supreme State Court Justices in 2008 and Santofimio was set free. However, the Colombian Supreme Court would overrule this decision and send him back to jail in 2011 where he would be implicated in the murder of two more victims, Julio Cesar Peñaloza and Santiago Cuervo, who died alongside Galán.

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