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Justice Minister Resigns as Part of Cabinet Shake-Up

December 17, 1995

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ Colombia’s justice minister resigned Saturday, becoming the third member of President Ernesto Samper’s Cabinet to step down in recent days.

The resignations were expected as part of a Cabinet shakeup just days after a congressional commission exonerated Samper of allegations he took millions of dollars from the Cali drug cartel to finance his 1994 election campaign.

Samper confirmed the resignation of Justice Minister Nestor Humberto Martinez in an interview on RCN radio.

Labor Minister Maria Sol Navia and Foreign Exchange Minister Daniel Mazuera also have stepped down in recent days, and more Cabinet changes are expected imminently.

There was no immediate indication that Martinez’ resignation was related to Samper’s political woes.

Allegations of drug-related corruption continue to plague Samper, and three of his former campaign leaders have been jailed on charges of accepting drug money.

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