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Judge lifts house arrest order against former Colombian President Uribe

BOGOTA (Reuters) – A judge on Saturday lifted a house arrest order against former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who is under investigation for alleged witness tampering.

FILE PHOTO: Colombia’s former president and lawmaker Alvaro Uribe, arrives to a private hearing at Supreme Court of Justice in Bogota, Colombia October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/File Photo

Uribe has been held under the order since August.

The decision is the latest twist in a long-running legal battle and is likely to disappoint Uribe’s detractors, who had hailed the house arrest as a triumph of judicial independence.

“The decision adopted by this official is to agree to the request submitted by the defense, supported by the Attorney General’s Office and the representation of the public prosecutor and as such Dr. Alvaro Uribe Velez will be granted his immediate freedom,” said Judge Clara Ximena Salcedo.

“Thank God,” Uribe said in a message on Twitter following

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