Hi again, Edmond, and thank you for your patience.
1. is cesar mauricio velasquez an attorney?
No, he is not an attorney; Velásquez is a renowned journalist who came to work at the Presidential Palace directly from the Academy; he had been serving as dean of the Faculty of Social Communication and Journalism at the University of La Sabana. He was also the president of the Journalists' Circle of Bogota (CPB) and member of the National Conciliation Commission.
2. do you have the dates that he was in the capacity of press secretary and/or presidential advisor
He became press secretary in February 2007 and I'm still researching if/when he vacated that post.
3. what if any ties and or influence does he or would he have had with the supreme
court and or being valuable in securing a treasure salvage lease...if any.
This, I will need more time to research, if the information is available.
4. the scandal he was involved in...what effect did it have on him...
From the information I have found, it was recommended that the charges against him be dropped regarding the wiretapping scandal, as testimony from others revealed he was not involved in any illegal manner. The one episode of which the public was made aware, involved both Velasquez and another man (Del Castillo) meeting with the delegates of Don Berna and brining sensitive information about an alleged plot that the Supreme Court was going to use against President Uribe. Velasquez was present at that meeting only by chance, and did not stay long, which is why it was considered that he was not involved in any wrongdoing.
What effect it had on him, I have not been able to find as of yet, but I am still working on this for you. I need to sign offline at this time, but will return, soon, and continue searching for this information.