Swiss TV crew leaves Colombia after 'threats'

4th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Geneva crew was threatened while filming a documentary on a paramilitary leader.

GENEVA - A Swiss television crew abandoned its documentary on the trial of a Colombian paramilitary leader after "serious threats" were made against them, their employers said Tuesday.

Director Juan Lozano and the Geneva-based Intermezzo Films production company received "serious threats and the safety of the team could not be guaranteed any longer," Switzerland's TSR channel and the Franco-German channel Arte said in a joint statement.

The crew arrived in Colombia in mid-February to complete the filming of "Impunity", a documentary about the trial of a paramilitary leader linked to the "killing of thousands of civilians," the statement said.

Lozano claims the threats came from paramilitary-linked groups, who accused his crew of spreading propaganda about Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

Lozano's team returned to Switzerland 23 February after filing a legal complaint in Colombia and meeting with the country's vice-president.

TSR and Arte are co-producing the documentary.

AFP / Expatica

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