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FARC Chief Weighs Postponing Arms Surrender after Colombia Captures Rebel

BOGOTA – FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño said on Sunday that he was weighing whether to “order the postponement” of the Colombian guerrilla group’s planned disarmament following the capture of a rebel by government forces.

“Given the capture of ‘Yimmi Rios,’ who is (performing) tasks related to the implementation (of the peace accord), I am considering ordering the postponement of the disarmament,” wrote Londoño, alias “Timochenko,” on his Twitter account.

The rebel leader said that “Yimmi Rios” had permission to attend to the duties he was allegedly undertaking after an agreement Londoño reached with High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo and his adviser Monica Cifuentes, “with the knowledge of (Colombian) President (Juan Manuel) Santos.”

“Given ... that ‘Yimmi Rios’ was captured, any member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who goes out on implementation tasks can be arrested,” he added.

A week ago, the government and the FARC agreed to extend until June 20 the guerrillas’ disarmament, which initially was to have concluded by May 29, due to assorted delays that have arisen in the process of implementing the peace pact.

As guerrilla sources told EFE, “Yimmi Rios” was detained on Sunday in Bogota at about 7:30 am.

Police asked him for his ID card in a routine check and he was detained when officers determined that several arrest warrants had been issued on him for various crimes.

According to those sources, Interpol had issued an arrest warrant for “Rios” with an eye toward his extradition, and a judge must be the one who determines if he may be released pending further processing.

The High Commissioner for Peace office said that the arrest warrant had been suspended as per a presidential resolution, along with another resolution by the attorney general.

The suspension of the capture order was issued in the name of “Yimmi Rios,” given that he had provided his nom de guerre, or alias, to Colombian authorities rather than his real name, and that could be the origin of the problem.

“He had been in Bogota for two months performing tasks related to the peace process directed toward consolidating the lists of the FARC members who are going to make their transition back to legality,” the report said.

 

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