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Senator and former president Alvaro Uribe was ordered to be placed under house arrest by the Colombia Supreme Court Alvaro Uribe, former President of Colombia, was ordered placed under house arrest by the country’s Supreme Court amid allegations of witness tampering. AP Photo: Ivan Valencia

The Colombian Supreme Court’s order of house arrest for former President Álvaro Uribe amid allegations of witness tampering has set up a test for the independence of the country’s judiciary

The order has polarized and stunned many in Colombia, since Uribe is a close ally of sitting President Iván Duque. It’s unusual for high courts in Latin America to take on political elites of this stature.

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