DRUGS, MONEY AND A PRESIDENT'S RUIN

CARTEL CONTRIBUTIONS CORRUPTED SAMPER'S CAMPAIGN. WHAT DID HE KNOW, AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?

IN THE 18 MONTHS SINCE HE BECAME President, Ernesto Samper Pizano has dodged bullet after political bullet, each carrying accusations that his 1994 election campaign received millions of dollars in contributions from the Cali cocaine cartel. He has responded that if drug funds were accepted, it was without his knowledge. But last week the President's evasions were firmly contradicted: a former close associate charged that Samper was indeed aware of the cartel connection. Though many Colombians all along have believed that the Samper campaign had a Cali taint, the latest allegation stunned the country. As calls for the President's resignation mounted,...

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