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Former Colombian Minister Jailed in Corruption Case


Former Colombian agricultural minister Andres Felipe Arias sits in court to face corruption charges in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

Former Colombian agricultural minister Andres Felipe Arias sits in court to face corruption charges in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 26, 2011.

Former Colombian Agriculture Minister Andres Felipe Arias has been jailed in a corruption case involving farm subsidies.

A judge Tuesday ordered the arrest of Arias, 38, who is accused of allowing the subsidies intended for small farmers to be diverted to wealthy businesses. Arias, who served under ex-President Alvaro Uribe, has been sent to Bogota's La Picota jail while the case goes forward.

Colombia's Inspector General's office has banned Arias from holding public office for 16 years because of his role in the case.

The Associated Press reports Arias has denied the charges and faces up to six years in prison if convicted.

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