Thursday, February 2, 2023

Former minister demands compensation from Colombian government

Former agriculture minister Andres Felipe Arias has requested more than $300,000 in damages from the Colombian government to avoid a lawsuit over his dismissal following corruption charges.

In documents filed to the Inspector General’s office, Arias alleged he deserves compensation for emotional damage and damage to his reputation after he was fired and barred from public service for 16 years in the wake of the Agro Ingreso Seguro (AIS) scandal, according to local media.

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Arias is being held in custody while he faces a Supreme Court trial, accused of siphoning agricultural subsidies intended for poor farmers and diverting them to wealthy families.
In the documents, Arias also alleged that Inspector General Alejandro Ordonez denied him the right to use certain defense material. The damages were calculated based on lost wages and support for Arias’ wife and children, according to the documents.

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The Colombian hooker at the center of the Secret Service sex scandal bragged Friday that she targeted the drunken agent who later refused to pay her. Dania Suarez, the brunette bombshell who brought the elite agency to its knees, said she and her fellow prostitutes approached Arthur Huntington and other agents at a Cartagena disco — and that the Americans were “acting crazy.” “They were drinking alcohol like it was water. They were really drunk,” Suarez told a televised Colombian radio call-in show. She said that Huntington, a married father of two, did not appear to be looking for a call girl but that he enjoyed it when she rubbed her hands on his body as they danced. “I found him,” saying she approached him because he was the most handsome of the group. “He was a very clumsy dancer,” said Suarez, who claimed Huntington frequently lifted up his shirt to “show off his six-pack.” Suarez, 24, said she and Huntington – whom she did not know was with the Secret Service – had drinks at the disco and then stopped for condoms on their way back to his room at the swank Hotel Caribe. “Ok, baby, vamanos,” Suarez claimed Huntington said to her as they left the nightclub. Suarez claimed that she told Huntington, 41, she would want a “gift” for her services when they got to his room. But the agent immediately fell asleep — leaving his luggage and secret files out in the open. “If I was a terrorist I would have been able to do a thousand things,” she said, adding that she “absolutely” could have stolen the papers if she wanted. The night ended when Huntington refused to pay Suarez’s $800 tab — and offered only $28. Suarez, who said she briefly fled Colombia for fear of her safety, would not answer whether or not she and Huntington had sex. “If I answer this, you will know what happened,” she said coyly. “If they pay me, I will tell.” Suarez, who is hoping to pose nude for Playboy or Penthouse, said she was looking for about $400,000 to dish on what really happened in Huntington’s room. “[He] did not feel he got what he was being asked to pay for,” she told the show. “When he was drunk, he was a different person than when he had his wits about him.” Suarez then ran into the hotel hallway and caused a disturbance that sent local cops running. “He told me ‘Let’s go, b—-.’” She said the agents pleaded, “Please, please, no police, no police” — but it was too late. By morning, more than 20 hookers had joined the contingent of Americans at the hotel. More than two dozen Secret Service agents and U.S. military personnel were disciplined in the aftermath of the scandal, which exploded just days before President Obama arrived in Cartagena for a summit. Several agents have lost their jobs, including Huntington, who packed up his family and abandoned their Maryland home. “They are idiots – they were protecting President Obama, and they didn’t see the magnitude of the problem,” said Suarez, who claimed she wouldn’t have raised a fuss about payment if she knew Huntington was with the Secret Service. Prostitution is legal in Colombia and Suarez defended her chosen profession. “I don’t need forgiveness from anybody, only God, my mother and my son,” said Suarez, who said her job allowed her to send her child to a private school. “The only thing I wanted was for people to hear my story and hear who I am,” she said. “I’m a sensitive woman and everything that happened has affected me greatly.” Read more:
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