Colombia’s Duque seeks motion over FARC assassination confession




The president requires the expulsion of two ex-FARC commanders from Congress over the assassination of a presidential candidate.

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque has referred to as for 2 former FARC insurgent commanders to be expelled from Congress over the 1995 assassination of a former presidential candidate.

The previous rebels final week admitted in a letter to the Justice for Peace court docket – set as much as examine crimes dedicated through the Colombian battle – that they have been answerable for the assassination of Alvaro Gomez, a Conservative Occasion chief and three-time presidential candidate.

Gomez, 75, was shot useless by unidentified gunmen exterior a college constructing in Bogota in 1995.

Two of the signatories to the letter, former FARC commanders Julian Gallo and Pablo Catatumbo, sit within the Congress as a part of the 2016 peace settlement that ended the practically 60-year battle.

Throughout an official occasion in Bogota, Duque mentioned on Wednesday that given the seriousness of the crime, they “ought to instantly lose the connotation of being a member of Congress”.

Duque, a pointy critic of the peace settlement, mentioned the pair ought to resign voluntarily in order to not “re-victimise” Gomez’s household.

In any other case, he mentioned, he hoped the justice system would act to strip the ex-rebels of their “parliamentary illustration”.

The confession prompted shock within the South American nation, the place for many years it has been broadly believed Gomez was focused by political rivals allied with the navy and drug traffickers.

Gomez’s household have rejected the FARC confession as an try and distract consideration from the persevering with investigation into the homicide.

They declare Gomez was focused as a result of he opposed former liberal President Ernesto Samper, who on the time was going through a scandal over cartel financing of his election marketing campaign.

On Tuesday, Gallo acknowledged that he had given the order to kill Gomez on directions from his FARC superiors.

The FARC senators took up their seats in Congress as a part of the deal which gave the disbanded FARC motion 9 seats within the legislature.

As a part of the 2016 settlement, the previous Marxist motion’s principal leaders pledged to admit their crimes earlier than the Justice for Peace tribunal and to compensate the victims or their households, in trade for various sentences to jail.

Those that fail to maintain that dedication danger being introduced earlier than abnormal courts.