Colombia Replaces Military Chief after Corruption Revelations
Amid reports of deep corruption within the Colombian army, the defense minister has replaced the chief of the armed forces, Gen Leonardo Barrero, along with four other high-ranking officials.
Last week, Colombian news magazine Semana published an article alleging that a network of army officers had taken large amounts of funds in “kickbacks” and diverted public funds. The article prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to request a thorough investigation. The results led to the dismissal of the officers.
Colombia named General Juan Pablo Rodriguez as the new chief of the armed forces.