Left-wing Colombian Sen. Piedad Córdoba dies of a heart attack at 68

 January 21, 2024

Semana magazine has reported that Colombian Sen. Piedad Córdoba passed away this past weekend from a heart attack. 

According to the publication, Córdoba was taken to the Conquistadores clinic in Medellín on Saturday where she was found to have no vital signs.

Córdoba praised as "a true liberal" by Colombia's left-wing president

ABC News described the 68-year-old Córdoba as being "an outspoken leftist" who "straddled Colombia's ideological divide."

Córdoba's passing was met by a statement from left-wing Colombian President Gustavo Petro which praised the fallen lawmaker as "a true liberal."

Petro called Córdoba "a woman beaten by an era and a society" who had "fought all her mature life for a more democratic society."

Senator was once kidnapped by left-wing paramilitary group

The network also recalled how Córdoba was considered to be a close ally of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and "played a key behind-the-scenes role" in convincing the Marxist terror group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to end its insurgency.

Córdoba was at one point kidnapped by the right-wing paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) in 1999.

Colombia Reports noted that former attorney and AUC commander Ivan Roberto Duque was sentenced to prison in 2012 for his role in Córdoba's kidnapping.

In addition to targeting Córdoba, Duque was also convicted of killing journalist Jose Emeterio Rivas along with several indigenous leaders between October 2001 and March 2004.

Córdoba pleaded guilty in the U.S. to drug conspiracy charges

Meanwhile, ABC News recalled how in 2022 the senator's brother, Alvaro Córdoba, was extradited to the United States on drug trafficking charges.

While the lawmaker was not named in her brother's indictment, his attorney maintained that she was the focus of a sting orchestrated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Associated Press reported that Alvaro Córdoba pleaded guilty earlier this month in a Manhattan federal court to one count of conspiring to import cocaine.

"I knew that the cocaine would end up in the United States and I knew what I was doing was wrong," was quoted as telling Judge Lewis J. Liman, who is scheduled to sentence Córdoba in April.

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