A Colombian general who oversaw a database containing the personal e-mails of government representatives and foreign and domestic journalists will be dismissed later this year, Blu Radio reported here Wednesday.
Gen. Mauricio Forero had been furloughed by his superiors after military officials learned of the existence of the database two weeks ago, the army said in a statement Tuesday.
However, top military brass subsequently decided to permanently dismiss Forero from service in December and replace him with Gen. Nicasio de Jesus Martinez
The weekly magazine Semana on Tuesday published a partial list of the names of government representatives, journalists and diplomats whose e-mails and other information were included in the database, most of whom have some connection with the government’s ongoing peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group in Havana.
The army’s Military Intelligence Center, or CIME, compiled the e-mails for unknown reasons, according to armed forces officials, who said the army’s Inspector General’s Office has already conducted a special audit of that unit.
Army commander Gen. Jaime Lasprilla told reporters Wednesday that a thorough internal investigation will seek to get to the bottom of the matter and that appropriate measures will be taken against those responsible.
Between 10 and 15 CIME personnel are currently being questioned under polygraph, Lasprilla said. EFE