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Colombian authorities barely prevents premature release of heir of Pablo Escobar

October 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Colombian authorities barely prevents premature release of heir of Pablo Escobar

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A self-proclaimed heir of the Oficina de Envigado, the former enforcer army of Colombian cocaine king Pablo Escobar, was almost freed from prison after a judge shockingly reversed his previous conviction for homicide.

Medellin‘s prosecution office managed to stop the release by filing new charges against Freyner Ramírez, also known as  “Carlos Pesebre,” the boss of roughly 500 gang members in the western 13th district.

A judge ordered the release of the crime lord on Friday after he absolved the man of a homicide charge that led to his arrest in 2013 and subsequent conviction in 2015, El Tiempo reports.

Medellin’s Superior Tribunal reported that the crime lord’s nine-year sentence had erroneously been based on the testimony of only one witness.

 

Freyner Ramírez, alias “Carlos Pesebre”, during a transfer in a tank of the Police. PHOTO: Courtesy Metropolitan Police.

By filing new charges — this time over Pesebre’s purported continuing involvement in organized criminal activities — the prosecution managed to hinder the crime lord’s release.

Pesebre was a lieutenant of “Don Berna’s,” the paramilitary chief who managed the Oficina de Envigado from Escobar’s death in 1993 until he was extradited to the U.S. in 2008.

He confessed to being one of a handful of crime bosses that control much of the activity in Medellin.

The Oficina commander was alleged to have begun his career as a militia member of an unknown guerrilla group, after which he joined the AUC‘s Heroes of Granada Bloc under the leadership of the notorious drug lord “Don Berna.”

As a mid-level commander, Pesebre supervised Medellin’s western districts. Since he was arrested, those districts have come under pressure from groups associated with the paramilitary group AGC.

The paramilitaries that stem from the northwest of Colombia have attacked local criminals and authorities in an apparent attempt to gain control over the city.

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