Colombia’s Samper Says Santos Tried to Oust Him, Caracol Says

April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Former Colombian President Ernesto Samper said he knew of a plot involving presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos to overthrow his government, Caracol Radio reported.

Samper said Santos was part of a coalition involving paramilitaries, drug traffickers and guerrillas that tried to “bring down” his 1994 to 1998 government, according to an interview with Bogota’s Caracol radio.

Santos is the “sweet cream on the poisoned cake,” said Samper, was investigated by Colombia’s chief prosecutor while in office for receiving $6 million in campaign donations from the Cali drug cartel. He was cleared of any wrongdoing by Congress.

A spokeswoman for Santos, who heads the ticket for the La U party, declined to comment when contacted by Bloomberg.

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