The trap against Santrich

The trap against Santrich

Jesus Santrich formally requested in extradition. RICARDO AREIZA unidadinvestigativa@lanacion.com.co The alleged network with Mexican drug traffickers turned out to be false. The feigned spokesmen of the Mexican cartels were undercover agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The procedure is not new. In the United States it is known as “Entrapment”, a recurrent tactic to “set traps”, to induce people to commit a crime, so that they prepare and propitiate situations to document certain facts and then capture, discredit, judge and condemn. L a supposed network was mounted by the DEA with deception. The undercover agents posed as negotiators for the Sinaloa Cartel and contacted Colombian businessmen Armando Gómez and Fabio Younes and then Marlon Marín Marín (nephew of Iván Márquez) who eventually involved Jesús Santrich, the blind ex-negotiator of the former Farc. Additionally, the infiltrated agents, using false dollars, would have paid in Miramar (Florida) the first part of the business to supply ten tons of cocaine, from Bogotá. The two facts are contained in the 244-page file sent to the Colombian authorities to request the former demobilized guerrilla leader in extradition. The supports The contacts, according to the document, would have started in June 2017. The delivery of the spurious dollars advance would have been made on February 13, 2018, “in a meeting recorded on video” by one of the infiltrators. The infiltrator gave him a car to the contact sent by Marín. “In the trunk there were five million counterfeit coins from the United States that were meant to be paid, arranged in transparent packages in a bag, which the contact observed before taking the car,” says the file revealed last Friday. According to the DEA, “the defendants participated in numerous conversations with confidential witnesses who acted under the instructions of (federal) authorities during which time they mentioned and negotiated the purchase of thousands of kilos of cocaine, part of it destined for the United States.” Last February, the former head of the FARC had received DEA agents in his house. One of them was filming in secret. The same procedure would have been tried against the former chief negotiator ‘Iván Márquez’. His nephew, on two occasions, tried to contact him with “supposed investors” interested in fish farming projects “. Only that Marquez, refused that communication with the unknown interlocutor, that they would be infiltrated agents. The file sent to the Foreign Ministry Crimes However, the supposed export of coca, on a plane leaving Bogota, did not materialize. “In the case of Santrich, it is a crime that has not even been committed yet.” However, the version is disseminated without verified and conclusive evidence of an alleged commitment of Santica to have agreed to be part of the preparation of such illegal business, from which the US is accused of the crime of “conspiracy to export cocaine “Said analyst Álvaro Villarraga, director of the National Center for Historical Memory. Gustavo Gallardo, Santrich’s lawyer, said that in this case, there is no judicial investigation in Colombia, nor in particular against Santrich. “The Prosecutor’s Office does not have a serious investigation. There is no process against him and, from that, we started to show that this is a montage and that these proofs are indeed a probatory collection that is totally liar, illegal and decontextualized, “he said. “Therefore,” he added, “calls the attention that in the absence of a judicial investigation that throws supporting evidence, with the only communication from Interpol that speaks of the assumption of certain criminal acts, the Attorney General declare baseless before the country to justify the capture of Santrich, that there was “conclusive evidence”. The Farc insisted that the United States reveal the evidence in Colombia to be able to assume the defense. The ambassador of that country, assured What follows The Supreme Court of Justice warned that because it is a former guerrilla head pardoned, the processing of the request for the extradition of “Jesus Santrich” must begin in the Special Jurisdiction of Peace. “That jurisdiction is competent to evaluate in principle the temporality of the criminal actions attributed to it by the judicial authorities of the United States,” said the President of the Court, José Luis Barceló Camacho. If within the preliminary analyzes done by the JEP the conclusion is that the events occurred after that date, we would be facing common crimes and the competence to issue the concept of extradition will be the ordinary jurisdiction, headed by the Supreme Court of Justice . Otherwise, explained Barceló, it will be the JEP that is responsible for the total processing of the case. The extradition will not be as fast as it is supposed. And surely, he will have to decide, the new president. The Minister of Justice, Enrique Gil Botero, assured that the process will last at least six months. The official referred the request to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). For now, the new Peace Tribunal must review the dates on which the alleged crime was committed to determine whether it was before or after the signing of the peace agreement. The JEP has 120 days to issue a concept on the date on which the conduct would have been committed. The process will then go to the Supreme Court of Justice, if the date is confirmed, to endorse or not the request and finally it will be the Head of State who decides the delivery or not to the United States. Santrich fell into the trap. Comments

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