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Colombia's ex-spy chief wanted for illegal wiretaps on politicians surrenders in Panama

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2010 file photo, Panama's Deputy Foreign Minister Alvaro Aleman, right, accompanies Maria del Pilar Hurtado, former head of Colombia's domestic intelligence agency, as she leaves the foreign ministry building, in Panama City. After several years on the run the ex-spy chief surrendered to authorities in Panama, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, to face charges of spying on opponents of Colombia's former President Alvaro Uribe. She’s now being held at the chief prosecutor’s office in Colombia awaiting arraignment. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2010 file photo, Panama's Deputy Foreign Minister Alvaro Aleman, right, accompanies Maria del Pilar Hurtado, former head of Colombia's domestic intelligence agency, as she leaves the foreign ministry building, in Panama City. After several years on the run the ex-spy chief surrendered to authorities in Panama, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, to face charges of spying on opponents of Colombia's former President Alvaro Uribe. She’s now being held at the chief prosecutor’s office in Colombia awaiting arraignment. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)  (The Associated Press)

The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency has surrendered to authorities.

Maria del Pilar Hurtado is accused of ordering illegal wiretaps on politicians, journalists and even Supreme Court justices opposed to former President Alvaro Uribe.

She fled to Panama in 2010 and was granted asylum arguing that she was being targeted politically by Uribe's successor, President Juan Manuel Santos. Several other Uribe aides under investigation for corruption have also left Colombia saying they can't receive a fair trial here.

Panama's Supreme Court last year overturned the decision granting the spy chief refuge saying it was unconstitutional.

Hurtado's lawyer Jaime Camacho told RCN radio on Saturday that his client turned herself in after midnight authorities in Panama. She's now being held at the chief prosecutor's office in Bogota.