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(CNN Spanish) -- Armando Benedetti, former ambassador of Colombia in Venezuela, asked the country's Attorney General's Office on Twitter on Wednesday to "take urgent measures" to protect him and his family after receiving alleged threats.

"I have physical evidence of threats that we have received directly and indirectly from very powerful people," the former official said, without elaborating.

The Colombian Prosecutor's Office has not commented on the matter and CNN is trying to obtain information from the entity.

  • After audios attributed to Benedetti, Petro says that his government has not ordered the interception of telephones or illegal searches

In another message on the same social network, Benedetti said he would leave the country to fulfill a "previously acquired family commitment," and that this trip "has nothing to do with the threats of which my family and I have been victims."

The former diplomat did not say about his destination, although he did say he would return to Colombia next Tuesday.


The threats denounced by Benedetti come days after the publication in the magazine Semana of some audios attributed to him, in which he threatens to reveal details of the financing of the political campaign that brought President Gustavo Petro to power.

With information from Fernando Ramos