Politics 07-11-2018

Interpol issues arrest warrant against two Colombian guerrilla leaders ELN

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) issued an arrest warrant (red circular) against Antonio García and Ramiro Vargas, two well-known members of the central command of the Colombian guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN).

"Wanted by the judicial authorities of Colombia," reads the circular published on the Interpol website and which identifies the crimes for which they are accused.

García, a native of Mocoa (Putumayo, southwest), is one of the most radical members of the ELN, which he joined in 1975 and in which he quickly rose to the position of military commander of the organization.

The guerrilla is indicated as being responsible for the military strategy of the guerrilla and the acquisition of arms, as well as being in charge of international relations and the financing of the group.

Garcia, 62, is wanted for the crimes of kidnapping, aggravated homicide and aggravated and qualified robbery.

For his part, Vargas, 74 years old, is one of the oldest members of the ELN, with more than 40 years in his ranks, and is wanted for the crimes of kidnapping, aggravated homicide and aggravated and qualified robbery.

Weeks ago, Interpol had also issued a red circular against members of the guerrilla Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, ordered for terrorism, murder, personal injury and forced recruitment, as well as Gustavo Giraldo, alias "Pablito", who is wanted for kidnapping, homicide and theft.

At present, the Colombian government and the ELN are keeping frozen the peace negotiations that took place since February 2017, after the new president, Iván Duque, demanded that the guerrillas liberate all the kidnapped and the cessation of hostilities to return to the negotiating table and reach a bilateral ceasefire.

The dialogues were held since last May in Havana, where the majority of the ELN leadership currently remains.

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