FARC: peace agreement in danger by arrest

BOGOTA – The former FARC rebels in Colombia have fiercely reacted to the arrest of one of their former leaders. “By the capture of our comrade Jesus Santrich is the peace process itself at the most critical point and threatens to develop into a true failure,” said FARC-politician Ivan Marquez against journalists.

Santrich, whose real name Seusis Hernandez reads, negotiated for years on behalf of the guerrilla movement with the government. The FARC explained eventually, after more than a half-century of conflict put down their arms and continued as a political party. Santrich is now in a Colombian cell because he after the signing of the agreement involved would have been in drug smuggling to the United States.

The former rebel now depends extradition to the United States above the head. He remains, according to the authorities in custody until the uitleveringsverzoek is formalized. FARC politician, Marquez warned that extradition is a violation of the agreement with the guerrillero.

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