Former Colombian leaders confess war crimes and crimes from humanity
In the course of the 50-year war with the state, the demobilized Colombian FARC guerrillas dedicated war crimes and crimes against humanity, previous commanders from the group acknowledged on Thursday in a transitional justice court.
The ruling in January by the Unique Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) was the first time the JEP attributed criminal obligation for hostage-having to previous leaders of the Groundbreaking Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The former commanders have been also accused of other war crimes linked with the remedy of kidnap victims, which includes murder and torture, amongst many others.
”We realize that in the course of (the conflict) steps and conduct punishable in the eyes of international humanitarian legislation took spot. Actions and conducts that have been independently and collectively acknowledged by the JEP, society in normal, and in activities with victims,” a statement signed by 6 of the former rebel commanders and posted on Twitter mentioned.
The FARC made use of kidnappings for ransom to fund their war, whilst captured navy or government staff were made use of to pressure authorities into releasing jailed rebels, the JEP, created less than the 2016 peace offer among the federal government and the rebels, mentioned last month.
By accepting the accusations, the former commanders could deal with restrictions on their freedoms for five to eight a long time. If they had turned down them, the commanders would have faced up to 20 decades in prison, for every the conditions of the peace deal.
The signatories ended up previous major leader Rodrigo Londono – recognized very best by his nom de guerre Timochenko – Jaime Alberto Parra, Pablo Catatumbo, Pastor Alape, Julian Gallo and Rodrigo Grande.
The JEP can also prosecute military leaders for allegations of war crimes, in addition to the conditions it handles relevant to previous FARC users.
Colombia’s conflict, which also involves former right-wing paramilitaries and drug cartels, has killed 260,000 people and displaced millions.
The ruling in January by the Particular Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), established beneath the 2016 peace offer in between the govt and the rebels, was the initially time the JEP attributed legal accountability for hostage-getting to former leaders of the Innovative Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
With information and facts from Reuters