Uribe Seeks Chavez Charges at International Court

By Joshua Goodman

March 4 (Bloomberg) — Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe said he’ll seek charges at an international tribunal against Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez for sponsoring terrorism.

`I’ll present to the International Criminal Court charges against Hugo Chavez for financing and sponsoring genocide,” said Uribe, on Caracol Radio, after a meeting with a former rebel-held hostage in Bogota.

Uribe also called on Colombia’s neighbors to show solidarity with the country in its long-running conflict with the drug-funded guerrillas. The International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, was created in 2002 and both Colombia and Venezuela are signatories to it.

Colombia yesterday said it uncovered evidence on the laptop of slain rebel leader Raul Reyes showing Venezuela had funneled at least $300 million to the FARC, as the rebel group is known.

The laptop was seized Saturday when Colombia’s military crossed into Ecuador to kill Reyes, its biggest military triumph in four decades of guerrilla warfare.
General Oscar Naranjo, Colombia’s police chief, said the computer files also indicated Ecuadorean Security Minister Gustavo Larrea had been in contact with Reyes in a bid to get President Rafael Correa involved in the release of hostages held by the rebels to boost his political standing.

Chavez and Correa denied the allegations and in turn accused Uribe’s government of acting on the orders of the U.S.

The Organization of American States will hold an emergency session today in Washington to discuss Colombia’s violation of Ecuador’s sovereignty.
Last Updated: March 4, 2008 10:09 EST

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