The former commander of the extinct Farc Rodrigo Granda participates in a march against the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, in Bogotá. REUTERS / Carlos Julio Martinez
This October 19, Carlos Antonio Lozada, senator and member of the Comunes party, denounced on his Twitter account that Rodrigo Granda was arrested in Mexico.
“They arrested Rodrigo Granda in Mexico, although he left the country with the authorization of JEP, they inform us that the government of Iván Duque asked Interpol to activate a red circular while he was flying to Mexico, in clear violation of the Peace Agreement that they want to tear apart”
For now, the reasons for his arrest are unknown and the national government has not ruled on the fact, which if true, would be a serious blow to the Final Peace Agreement that is being implemented in Colombia.
According to Lozada, Granda traveled to Mexico with permission from the JEP – Special Jurisdiction of Peace, which is a court created to judge crimes committed during the war in Colombia and that was born from the peace agreement – and during the journey, the government of Iván Duque would have activated the Interpol red circular, in order to capture him.
Rodrigo Granda Escobar, alias Ricardo Téllez, former Colombian-Venezuelan guerrilla was known as the Foreign Minister of the Farc during his time as a member of the defunct guerrilla.
In 2020, Granda was involved in a scandal for being linked, supposedly, to the so-called case of the “colados” in the Farc lists before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. According to a member of the Partido Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común party, it would all be about a plot to harm the political group.
This was stated in an interview with W Radio, after denying having added people to the lists that the disappeared guerrilla gave to the JEP to advance the judicial processes agreed in the 2016 peace agreement. Granda also denied knowing the people who appear speaking of him in the recordings of the Prosecutor’s Office.
“If you patiently listen to those recordings, there is absolutely nothing there. It is still a campaign that comes from the Prosecutor’s Office of the ill-fated Humberto Martínez […] entrapments are ongoing. So, there, what you hear is a conversation between two individuals who have absolutely nothing to do with me in particular, “said the ex-guerrilla on the station.
Granda continued his intervention in the radio space, arguing that none of those responsible for the investigation that apparently splashed on him did the work of finding out, with the management of the El Buen Pastor prison, on what dates he had visited. “I can guarantee you that I haven’t even visited on a visit, not because I didn’t want to. First, because I was kidnapped by the Colombian State, and then it has been impossible for me, because it is our duty to visit our colleagues, as I have done to other prisons in the country. “
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