Uribe gets Obama support on subpoena

The lead lawyer suing Drummond Coal in a US civil case for the _wrongful deaths_ of Colombians by right-wing death sq...

The lead lawyer suing Drummond Coal in a US civil case for the _wrongful deaths_ of Colombians by right-wing death squads sees  a silver lining in the latest support of the Obama administration for delaying or blocking the questioning of former Colombia president Alvaro Uribe.

The US Justice Department filed court papers in Washington March 31 claiming that the lawyers for the 267 assassinated victims_ families should not seek Uribe to testify concerning his knowledge of Drummond Coal supporting the Colombia paramilitary (AUC) in the wholesale killings along the rail  lines from the  Drummond coal mines to the Drummond seaports  in northeast Colombia.

According to the US attorney for the slain Colombians_ families in the case against Drummond,  his clients are also seeking depositions of numerous witnesses in Colombia.

Attorney Terry Collingsworth said, _Whether these depositions occur is largely within the discretion of the current Colombia government._  Collingsworth went on to say, _The Drummond plaintiffs hope that the new administration of President Santos provides the cooperation needed to get the facts in this important human right case._

Collingsworth maintains that Uribe did collaborate extensively with the same AUC terrorists who executed his client_s relatives. Therefore, the details of Uribe_s relationship with and assistance to the AUC is outside any possible immunity, posits Collingsworth. Collingsworth_s legal team hit Uribe with a suprise subpoena last Fall while he was guest professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Reliable sources have linked Uribe personally, professionally, and financially to Drummond Coal and its Birmingham, Alabama CEO Gary Neil Drummond.

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