BOGOTA (Reuters) – Former commanders from Colombia’s demobilized FARC guerrillas on Thursday accepted accusations by a transitional justice courtroom that they dedicated warfare crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity throughout the group’s 50-year warfare with the state.
The ruling in January by the Particular Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), created underneath the 2016 peace deal between the federal government and the rebels, was the primary time the JEP attributed felony duty for hostage-taking to former leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The previous commanders had been additionally accused of different warfare crimes related with the therapy of kidnap victims, together with homicide and torture, amongst others.
“We acknowledge that in (the battle) actions and conduct punishable within the eyes of worldwide humanitarian legislation occurred. Actions and conducts which have been individually and collectively acknowledged by the JEP, society usually, and in actions with victims,” an announcement signed by six of the previous insurgent commanders and printed on Twitter stated.
The FARC used kidnappings for ransom to fund their warfare, whereas captured navy or authorities personnel had been used to strain authorities into releasing jailed rebels, the JEP stated final month.
By accepting the accusations, the previous commanders may face restrictions on their freedoms for 5 to eight years.
If they’d rejected them, the commanders would have confronted as much as 20 years in jail, per the phrases of the peace deal.
The signatories had been former prime chief Rodrigo Londono – recognized finest by his nom de guerre Timochenko – Jaime Alberto Parra, Pablo Catatumbo, Pastor Alape, Julian Gallo and Rodrigo Grande.
The JEP may also prosecute navy leaders for allegations of warfare crimes, along with the circumstances it handles associated to former FARC members.
Colombia’s battle, which additionally consists of former right-wing paramilitaries and drug cartels, has killed 260,000 individuals and displaced tens of millions.
(Reporting by Oliver Griffin; enhancing by Grant McCool)
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