He’s accused of bribing witnesses and procedural fraud in a high-profile case against him.
The war with the FARC, together with some other similar conflicts in Colombia, has killed an estimated 220,000 people and forced nearly 7 million from their homes.
The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced he gave the order because the imminent signing of a final peace deal with the government means there is less pressure to raise funds to feed rebel troops.
President Juan Manuel Santos said he expects to wrap up talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, by July 20, though he appears less confident of the peace deal's ratification in a subsequent re
The secretary of state’s meeting with leaders of the FARC rebel group in Havana added to the sense that a peace accord ending 50 years of civil war in Colombia is close, and not all Colombians are happy about that.
The possible probe comes as the government moves closer to signing a peace deal with rebels.
Colombia has spent millions of dollars to procure high-end surveillance technology that can intercept cellphone calls, capture text messages, and sort through personal information to create profiles of citizens.
Proponents hope a truth commission could offer closure to millions of Colombians affected by the conflict. Both sides are responsible for human-rights abuses, while distrust and resentment for past atrocities remain high.
Facing pressure to boost its battlefield figures under former President Alvaro Uribe, Colombia's army lured and executed at least 3,000 civilians and notched them as combat kills, according to a new Human Rights Watch report.
Recent reports reference the alleged sexual abuse of more than 50 Colombian girls in the town of Melgar in 2004, by members of the US military and civilian contractors.
As Colombia's government continues to negotiate a truce with FARC rebels, an opposition movement is demanding "peace without impunity" for the guerrillas.
A Colombian army general was kidnapped over the weekend and the government has suspended negotiations with FARC. Citizens reacted with mixed emotions about what the future holds.