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Colombia: Superior Court orders release of former paramilitary chief Salvatore Mancuso

Colombia: Superior Court orders release of former paramilitary chief Salvatore Mancuso

Colombia: Superior Court orders release of former paramilitary chief Salvatore Mancuso

The Superior Court of Bogotá This Thursday he granted freedom to the former paramilitary leader Salvatore Mancusofor who removed the 57 arrest warrants he had against him, although he has to appeal to different courts when necessary.

That’s what the judge determined José Manuel Bernal Parrawhich granted this judicial benefit to Mancuso, who has been detained since the end of last February in a maximum security yard in the La Picota Prison in Bogotá.

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It is ordered”replace the 57 intramural (prison) preventive detentions imposed at the headquarters of the Justice and Peace (court) for Salvatore Mancuso Gómez on the other hand, without this connotation“said the dressed man.

Mancuso, one of the most bloodthirsty leaders of the demobilized United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), achieved Colombia on February 27 to report to the Chambers of Justice and Peace, after being deported U.S where he was arrested drug trafficking.

Judge Bernal, from the Chamber of Justice and Peace of the Superior Court of Bogotá, guaranteed that this body is competent to define the request of Mancuso, who requested his freedom.

By benefiting from this measure, Mancuso must appear whenever required by the Justice and Peace courts.

Appearance before the JEP

Last April the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) informed that it could not grant “for now” O “temporary, conditional and early release” to Mancuso, who took refuge in that court created after the signing of peace with the FARCin 2016, to judge crimes committed during the Colombian armed conflict.

O JEP He explained on that occasion that “currently does not possess the objective elements required by the nature of Salvatore Mancuso Gómez’s appearance condition”.

On April 10, JEP called on Mancuso to give a free version of the massacres that occurred in the cities of Farm (1996) and The ring (1997), in the department of Antioch (northwest).

You will also be asked to provide information about security cooperative consolidation. Live togetherthat were the seed of paramilitary groups, and detail how through these private surveillance associations “They would have committed serious human rights violations against members of social movements”.

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Mancuso, who served a 15-year sentence for drug trafficking in the United States, is being investigated in Colombia for more than 75,000 crimes as leader of CUAthe group to which most homicides are attributed during the conflict.

The Colombian president, Gustavo Pedroappointed Mancuso in July last year “peace manager”to, as he said, finish the peace process that he believes was not completed with the paramilitaries.

For Mancuso to fulfill this role, he must not have custodial security measures from any court.

Source: Elcomercio

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