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Special peace court orders release of former Colombian guerrilla

A special peace court in Colombia ordered on Wednesday the immediate release of a former left-wing guerrilla leader wanted by the United States for drug trafficking. Jesus Santrich, a blind former leader of the FARC rebels, was arrested in April 2018, suspected of participating in the trafficking of 10 tons of cocaine to the United States. However, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) ordered him released to comply with the non-extradition guarantee that formed part of the historic 2016 peace accord that brought an end to FARC s 50-year insurrection, converting the former rebels into a political party. Colombia s Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez responded to the order by resigning. The JEP is the special court tasked with judging crimes committed during Colombia s half century of armed conflict. It had previously suspended an extradition order against Santrich, whose real name is Seuxis Paucias Hernandez. The 52-year-old is accused of involvement in drug trafficking ..


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