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Colombian Defense Minister Demands Freedom of 257 Soldiers

BOGOTA – Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas presented on Wednesday a new list of 257 members of the Armed Forces who will be granted parole following the establishment of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), official sources said.

Including the names on the second list, there are already 1,074 members of the Armed Forces on a first list Villegas presented on March 17, which had 817 names on it.

“With this second list, which I have just sent to the Secretariat of the Special Justice for Peace, we included 1,074 members of the Public Force whose judicial situations have not yet been resolved and who have been proposed to receive parole in the coming days,” said Villegas.

According to the Minister, the first list has already been handed over to the JEP secretary general, who will then pass it to the Execution Judges.

The Colombian Congress approved on Tuesday a reform bill that would create the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, which was the backbone of the agreement signed between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC) on Nov. 24.

The JEP will be in charge of legally analyzing severe crimes committed during the armed conflicts under the Colombian Penal Code, International Human Rights Law (IHRL), International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Criminal Law (ICL).

Following the list sent on Wednesday, the Defense Minister has completed two-thirds of the initial listings for parole. Those who are not on the list will be included in a week, he said.

“With the recent approval of the establishment of the Special Justice for Peace in Congress, these mechanisms can fully work,” said Villegas.

He added that the names on the lists will be announced once the parole is granted.

He also said that the procedures should be carried out in full detail.

 

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