Former Colombian FARC Guerrilla Leader Arrested in Mexico

Former Colombian FARC Guerrilla Leader Arrested in Mexico

A former FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) guerrilla leader named Rodrigo Granda was arrested in Mexico on Tuesday (19/10/2021). The reason is that Granda has been declared a fugitive by the Colombian government in connection with a number of terrorism and violence cases.

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The 72-year-old former FARC official is known as one of the pioneers of the Peace Agreement between the FARC and the Colombian Government in 2016. Even so, there are still a number of FARC defectors who continue the resistance.

1. Received an arrest warrant from Paraguay

Granda's arrest in Mexico this time was due to a red notice order from Interpol. However, the arrest order did not come from the Colombian government, but Paraguay.

According to Colombia's Defense Minister Diego Molano, Rodrigo Ganda's arrest was made after an order and request for arrest from Paraguay for kidnapping and criminal cases related to murder, reported on the France24 page.

Meanwhile, Granda's arrest took place after he had just landed in Mexico after traveling by air from Colombia. The former FARC leader, known as Ricardo Tellez, came to Mexico to attend an invitation to a seminar organized by the Labor Party.

The seminar is scheduled to be held on 21, 22 and 23 October 2021, where he will be a representative of the Colombian Comunes Party along with Rodrigo Londono, quoted from Mercopress.

2. Allegedly involved in the kidnapping of Cecilia Cubas in Paraguay

According to DW, Granda's arrest was connected to the kidnapping of former Paraguayan President Raúl Cubas' daughter, Cecilia Cubas. Even the kidnapping case ended tragically, where Cecilia was found dead buried on February 16, 2006 in an area of ​​​​the yard of a house in Asuncion.

Meanwhile, the accusation against Granda is related to information from a book written by a journalist named Andrés Colmán about the EPP guerrilla (Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo). The article stated that two FARC members were behind the kidnapping.

Therefore, the Government of Paraguay included Rodrigo Granda and Orley Jurado Palomino as alleged perpetrators and participated in the kidnapping and murder of the president's son.

3. The Comunes party says the Colombian government sparked the arrest warrant

The news of this arrest was revealed by two members of the Comunes parliament, namely Carlos Lozada and Pablo Catatumbo. He even knew the news before it was finally announced by the Colombian government.

Reporting from France24, Lozada also condemned this action and called it an act of violation of the 2016 Peace Agreement between the FARC guerrillas and the Colombian Government which was said to have ended the decades-old conflict.

"Granda is traveling with Rodrigo Londono who is the leader of the party and other delegates. Even Granda is going abroad in accordance with the permission of the Special Judicial Peace team," said Lozada.

This incident also led Comunes to accuse the government of triggering the arrest warrant. "President Ivan Duque continues to attack the peace process, he asked Interpol to activate a red notice against Rodrigo Granda who is the leader of the Comunes Party and a signatory to the peace agreement."