BOGOTA (Reuters) – Former commanders from Colombia’s demobilized FARC guerrillas on Thursday accepted accusations by a transitional justice courtroom that they dedicated struggle crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity through the group’s 50-year struggle with the state.
The ruling in January by the Particular Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), created underneath the 2016 peace deal between the federal government and the rebels, was the primary time the JEP attributed prison duty for hostage-taking to former leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The previous commanders had been additionally accused of different struggle crimes linked with the remedy of kidnap victims, together with homicide and torture, amongst others.
“We acknowledge that in (the battle) actions and conduct punishable within the eyes of worldwide humanitarian legislation occurred. Actions and conducts which were individually and collectively acknowledged by the JEP, society generally, and in actions with victims,” a press release signed by six of the previous insurgent commanders and revealed on Twitter mentioned.
The FARC used kidnappings for ransom to fund their struggle, whereas captured navy or authorities personnel had been used to strain authorities into releasing jailed rebels, the JEP mentioned final month.
By accepting the accusations, the previous commanders may face restrictions on their freedoms for 5 to eight years.
If they’d rejected them, the commanders would have confronted as much as 20 years in jail, per the phrases of the peace deal.
The signatories had been former high chief Rodrigo Londono – recognized greatest by his nom de guerre Timochenko – Jaime Alberto Parra, Pablo Catatumbo, Pastor Alape, Julian Gallo and Rodrigo Grande.
The JEP may also prosecute navy leaders for allegations of struggle crimes, along with the circumstances it handles associated to former FARC members.
Colombia’s battle, which additionally contains former right-wing paramilitaries and drug cartels, has killed 260,000 individuals and displaced thousands and thousands.
(Reporting by Oliver Griffin; enhancing by Grant McCool)
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