Saturday, August 30, 2014

Colombia: Former President Andrés Pastrana Arango's Protective Detail

According to The Latin American Tribune, former President Andrés Pastrana Arango, 60, who served as Colombia's 30th president of Colombia from 1998 to 2002, following in the footsteps of his father, Misael Pastrana Borrero (1970 to 1974), reportedly left the country, but not for reasons of his executive protection.

“Before leaving the country on personal matters, the government restored the officials I entrust my security unit to,” President Pastrana, wrote Friday (August 29) on his Twitter account.

COMMENT: After the former President made that statement, Colombia’s National Police responded that it would make no changes to the bodyguard detail of the former president.

Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo said Tuesday (August 26) that talk of a possible change in the former President's protection was a “misunderstanding,” and that his security unit would be kept “intact” by the National Protection Unit (UNP). 

President Pastrana had earlier expressed his concern about any reduction in his bodyguard detail, recalling that during his 1998-2002 administration he extradited 120 drug trafficking kingpins, led the fight against leftist guerrillas (FARC and ELN) and survived 97 assassination attempts.