Bogotá (dpa) – To kick off the trial of the former leaders of the guerrilla organization Farc in Colombia The former commander of the left-wing rebels has asked their victims for forgiveness. “Many families have suffered pain, anxiety and irreparable losses,” said Rodrigo Londoño on Friday. “We ask for forgiveness, we will do everything we can to tell the truth, we will bear our responsibility, we will contribute to the compensation and we will do everything we can to prevent this from happening again.”

To kick off the process, the Special Justice for Peace (JEP) had summoned 32 former Farc commanders. The Attorney General accuses them of abduction in up to 8,500 cases. If the ex-rebels give their actions, they would be punished with a maximum of eight years imprisonment. At the end of 2016, the Colombian government and the Farc committed decades of civil war with 220,000 dead and millions displaced with a peace treaty. Also because of the relatively mild punishments even for the heaviest crimes of the former Farc sizes the peace agreement in Colombia is extremely controversial.
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