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Colombian authorities arrest former FARC negotiator on drug trafficking charges and could face extradition to the US

April 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Colombian authorities arrest former FARC negotiator on drug trafficking charges and could face extradition to the US SCREENSHOT

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The president of Colombia has revealed that his forces have apprehended a former peace negotiator for the FARC, the ex-rebel-organization-turned-political-party.

Juan Manuel Santos announced that Seusis Hernandez could be extradited to the U.S. after he was arrested on charges of drug trafficking, CNN reported.

“If due process is fulfilled – and if there is evidence – there are grounds for extradition for crimes committed since the signing of the accord, and I will not stay my hand in authorizing that,” Santos stated.

Hernandez was scheduled to assume office in Congress in July.

However, Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez alleged that he conspired to export ten tons of cocaine worth an estimated $320 million to the United States.

The landmark peace deal between the FARC and Santos’s government was signed in 2016, concluding a half-century of conflict.

Since then, the FARC has disarmed and converted itself into a political party, trading its crossed-rifles emblem for a red rose.

Ten members were awarded designated seats in Congress.

Some dissident members of the FARC are said to have returned to drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

Under the peace deal, repentant FARC fighters were ordered to confess their wartime crimes and pay restitution to victims to avoid time behind bars.

However, they could still be arrested for any crimes they carried out after the deal was signed.

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