FILE – On this Dec. 6, 2016 file photograph, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, insurgent commander and peace negotiator Seuxis Hernandez, alias Jesus Santrich, flashes a victory hand sign on the finish of a press convention in Bogota, Colombia. The Particular Peace Tribunal investigating crimes through the nation’s lengthy civil battle introduced Wednesday, Might 15, 2019, that Hernandez, shouldn’t be extradited to the US on a drug warrant. (AP Photograph/Fernando Vergara, File)
BOGOTA, Colombia – A former Colombian insurgent chief was re-arrested Friday moments after his launch from jail by a particular peace tribunal whose safety of him from extradition to the U.S. has triggered an institutional disaster and revived debate about justice for victims of the nation’s armed battle.
Jail authorities escorted Seuxis Hernández in a wheelchair to the gates of La Picota jail exterior Bogota on Friday as dozens of armed riot police held again a small group of supporters who’ve gathered on the jail the previous two days to demand his launch. His wrists had been bandaged from what jail authorities described earlier as self-inflicted wounds that required emergency medical consideration.
However as quickly as he was past the jail gates, a gaggle of police took him again into state custody, arguing that new proof supplied previously 48 hours by the U.S. gave better readability about his alleged crimes. He was rapidly loaded him onto a helicopter and shuttled away from the commotion.
A particular tribunal investigating conflict crimes throughout Colombia’s decades-long civil battle dominated Wednesday that the previous peace negotiator finest identified by his alias Jesús Santrich shouldn’t be extradited to the US, the place he is wished on drug trafficking and conspiracy fees.
The choice triggered the resignation of Colombia’s chief prosecutor and has renewed debate about whether or not the 2016 peace cope with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is simply too lenient with insurgent leaders.
At situation is whether or not the alleged crimes passed off earlier than or after the signing of the December 2016 peace accord between the federal government and the FARC. Rebels who lay down their weapons and confess to crimes are spared jail time and extradition however aren’t protected for crimes dedicated after the signing.
An Interpol discover for Santrich’s arrest claims he met with cocaine consumers at his residence on Nov. 2, 2017. Throughout that assembly and subsequent negotiations, he and his co-conspirators allegedly mentioned plans for a 10-ton cargo to the U.S., boasting that they had entry to cocaine laboratories and U.S.-registered planes to maneuver the cargo, the discover says.
Santrich has repeatedly professed his innocence, saying he was the sufferer of a scheme led by the U.S. to place him behind bars for a criminal offense he did not commit.
The case has additionally sophisticated already-tense relations with the U.S.
The U.S. Embassy in Bogota this week known as the ruling “regrettable,” arguing that the extradition request glad all Colombian necessities and firmly established that the alleged crimes passed off after the signing of the peace deal.