At around 9 o’clock this Tuesday night, the former ELN guerrilla Francisco Galán was released from a prison located in the Aburrá Valley, Antioquia.
Galán, whose real name is Gerardo Antonio Bermúdez Sánchez, had been arrested last February, by order of a Cali prosecutor who had linked him to a case for the kidnapping of kilometer 18, perpetrated by the Eln in Cali in September 2000, a fact in which this guerrilla group kidnapped about 60 people.
The Ombudsman’s Office had called for the release of Galán and it was finally this entity that received him upon his release from prison.
1. The appointment as peace managers of Francisco Galán and Felipe Torres is a wise decision of the national government. It is an effort on the correct path that is timely with the announcement of the ELN’s ceasefire. pic.twitter.com/7n65BqfdRn
– Ombudsman (@DefensoriaCol) April 1, 2020
Galán was appointed in recent days by the Government of Iván Duque as a peace promoter, along with Felipe Torres. What the decision contemplates is that they contribute with their knowledge and experience in structuring strategies and actions for the construction of peace, coexistence and reconciliation in the country.
Precisely, this Tuesday, the Commissioner for Peace, Miguel Ceballos, explained the work that Galán will develop in his role as promoter.
“The role that ‘Felipe Torres’ and ‘Francisco Galán’ are going to fulfill focuses on the search for strategies and the design of strategies for peace and reconciliation and is part of a work plan that they will carry out from tomorrow.” Ceballos noted.
According to sources from the Ombudsman’s Office, Galán is in good health and calm.
Galán’s family confirmed to EL TIEMPO that the now peace manager is already at home. They said that around 9:15 p.m. he arrived at his place of residence accompanied by officials from the Ombudsman’s Office. “He arrived and immediately cleaned up to comply with issues of care for the quarantine. But we are already home”, assured a relative.
Two days ago, the ELN guerrilla announced that it would suspend its attacks for a month from this April 1, due to the crisis that the country is going through due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, the Eln also made a series of requests to the Duque government, among them, that it meet with the dialogue delegation of that guerrilla in Havana (Cuba) “to arrange a bilateral and temporary ceasefire”, due to that for these steps “it is convenient to have the presence of the guarantor countries.”
This announcement comes days after a group of political activists sent a letter to the ELN command requesting it to decree a unilateral ceasefire as a gesture of peace for the national day of the victims of the armed conflict, which is commemorated on Tuesday, April 9. .
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