Colombia – Former Farc guerrilla leader arrested in Mexico
– Former Farc guerrilla leader arrested in Mexico
Chief diplomat of the former Colombian Marxist guerrilla, Rodrigo Granda was arrested in Mexico on Tuesday, at the request of Paraguay and not of Colombia.
The former Colombian guerrilla of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) on Tuesday denounced the arrest in Mexico of one of its leaders, at the request of Bogotá to Interpol, according to this movement, today a party Politics.
Rodrigo Granda, known as the chief diplomat of the ex-Marxist guerrilla, was arrested in Mexico City on the basis of a “red notice” from Interpol, said deputies Carlos Lozada and Pablo Catatumbo, leaders of the Comunes party. resulting from the peace agreement with the ex-guerrillas in 2016.
“They detained Rodrigo Granda in Mexico City,” tweeted Carlos Lozada, who denounced “a clear violation” of this peace agreement that ended more than half a century of rebel struggle. The Colombian government, however, claimed that the arrest did not take place at the request of Colombia, where Rodrigo Granda lives and moves freely, but of Paraguay, where he is wanted.
“He was traveling accompanied by Rodrigo Londoño, president of the party, and other comrades on delegation,” he said on Colombian media, saying that he was traveling with the authorization of the special tribunal for peace (JEP ), a Colombian institution resulting from the peace agreement and which investigates crimes committed during the conflict. Several of the former Farc leaders are the subject of JEP investigations, but none of them has yet been convicted.
The delegation was traveling to Mexico at the invitation of the Labor Party to participate in a left-wing training convention, Rodrigo Londoño said in a video. “I appeal to the international community to guarantee the safety of Rodrigo Granda,” said the ex-guerrilla leader, refusing, however, to “speculate” on the arrest of his comrade in arms.
President Iván Duque “continues to attack the peace process, he asked Interpol to reactivate the red notice against Rodrigo Granda, leader of the Comunes party and signatory of the peace agreement”, accused, still on Twitter, the Comunes party. “Respect those of us who believe in peace and do our duty by letting us participate in politics!” commented on the same training.
Already stopped in 2005
In the evening, Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano refuted these accusations. He explained on his Twitter account that the arrest took place “following a red notice issued by Paraguay for kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and intentional homicide”.
Rodrigo Granda, 72, usually lives in Colombia, where he circulates freely with the consent of the authorities. He was one of the negotiators of the peace in Havana, a process which began in 2012 and which culminated in the historic peace agreement of 2016, followed by the disarmament of the Farc. He had already been arrested in 2005 during a clandestine operation by the Colombian army in Venezuela.
Resurgence of violence
In 2018, another ex-Farc leader and negotiator of the 2016 agreement, wanted in the United States for drug trafficking, “Jesus Santrich”, was arrested. Released in 2019 by order of the Supreme Court, he then resumed arms, citing President Duque’s non-compliance with the 2016 agreement.
He died soon after in Venezuela in an armed confrontation whose actors remain unidentified to this day. Rodrigo Granda then mentioned a possible return to armed struggle. The incident comes just over a month before the fifth anniversary of the agreement signed at the time between the guerrillas and President Juan Manuel Santos, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.
Colombia has seen a worrying increase in violence in several regions of the country in recent months, where many armed groups are rife, including Farc dissidents who reject the 2016 agreement and have resumed arms.