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Arrest warrants against 5 other FARC dissidents are suspended to negotiate

The Prosecutor’s Office suspended this Friday the arrest warrants against five other members of the Central General Staff, the main dissidence of the FARCafter the request of the Government so that they can begin formal dialogues towards “total peace”.

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This is the second suspension of arrest warrants against members of the Central General Staff issued by the Prosecutor’s Office, which at first had been reluctant to accede to these requests by President Gustavo Petro, due to the charges and crimes against many of the dissident leaders.

“Once again I facilitate peace in Colombia. That is why, in the exercise of my legal and constitutional powers, I have suspended each and every one of the arrest warrants against the people that the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, recognized (…) as representatives with the political status of the armed group calling itself the Central Staff of the FARC-EP”the attorney general, Francisco Barbosa, reported in a statement.

They are Luis Carlos Pinilla Cortez, Renzo Alirio Martínez, Robinson de Jesús González, Ramiro Pinzón Novoa and Walter Freddy Ruiz Montaño, who will be exempt from detention until June 30.

“This provision will be in force until June 30, 2023, and will be communicated to Interpol and other authorities for the purposes of immediate and strict compliance”explained the Prosecutor’s Office.

These are added to the three dissidents whose arrest warrants had already been lifted for 15 days on March 8, and who, according to the prosecutor, “they will integrate the oversight, monitoring and verification mechanism”.

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The Colombian government had requested that the arrest warrants be temporarily lifted for members of the leadership of the dissidents, so that they can move freely to organize the start of talks.

In this sense, on March 13, Petro announced that “a second peace process begins. A table will be established between the Government and the Central General Staff”, for which there is no date yet.

At the moment it is expected that the dissidences will have a meeting to decide their representatives at the dialogue table, and Petro must also designate the government delegation.

The High Commissioner for Peace, Danilo Rueda, explained in an interview with EFE last week that “almost certainly” the talks will be held in Colombia, unlike those of the ELN that have already rotated in Venezuela, Mexico and will be resumed in Cuba after Easter.

Source: Elcomercio

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