Colombia’s Marxist FARC Jesus Santrich leaves the jail La Picota, minutes earlier than being recaptured in Bogota, Colombia Might 17, 2019. REUTERS/StringerReuters
BOGOTA (Reuters) – A former commander of the Marxist FARC insurgent group was launched from jail on Friday and instantly re-arrested after new proof got here to mild, the legal professional normal’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.
In a transfer more likely to rattle an already delicate peace accord with the now-demobilized insurgents, Seuxis Paucias Hernandez, recognized by his battle alias as Jesus Santrich, was escorted out of jail in a wheelchair and moments later, as he left jail gates, was taken again inside by police.
Hernandez, 52, was indicted greater than a 12 months in the past by a U.S. grand jury for conspiracy to export 10 tonnes of cocaine, price $320 million in road worth. He was ordered launched on Wednesday by a particular tribunal.
“As a result of international judicial cooperation, in the last few hours new evidence and elements have been incorporated that clearly account for the circumstances of time, manner and place of alleged conspiracy to conduct drug trafficking,” the legal professional normal mentioned in an announcement.
The Particular Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), which prosecutes leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, who handed of their weapons underneath a 2016 peace deal, had mentioned proof offered by prosecutors didn’t permit it to guage whether or not, or when, he allegedly conspired to maneuver cocaine to the US.
The JEP’s ruling brought about an institutional disaster when the legal professional normal instantly resigned in protest.
As a result of the JEP has jurisdiction over all crimes throughout the battle, Hernandez’s extradition can solely go forward if the alleged crime befell after the accord.
(Reporting by Helen Murphy; Modifying by Sandra Maler)
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