Colombian ex-FARC leader held in drug probe

Colombian ex-FARC leader held in drug probe

Colombian ex-FARC leader held in drug probe

Written by Keshala Dias

10 Apr, 2018 | 9:07 am

One of the top leaders of Colombia’s former rebel group, the FARC, has been arrested in Bogota following a request from the United States.

The person named Jesus Santrich is accused of drug trafficking by a court in New York.

Santrich appears to have violated the terms of the government’s peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said.

President Santos went on to say he won’t “hesitate to extradite a former FARC rebel leader arrested as part of a U.S. drug trafficking investigation.”

Chief Colombian prosecutor Nestor Martinez said investigators in New York collected electronic evidence indicating Santrich and three others conspired in the second half of 2017 to send 10 metric tons of cocaine to the U.S. with a street value of over $320 million.

Jesus Santrich is a former peace negotiator and a future congressman.


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