Former FARC chief Rodrigo Granda, a signatory to the Colombian peace agreement, arrested in Mexico

Former leader of the now-defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and signatory of the 2016 peace accord Rodrigo Granda was arrested Tuesday in Mexico while traveling with fellow ex-combatants to a seminar.

“The peace signer Rodrigo Granda is imprisoned in Mexico because (the President of Colombia) Iván Duque continues to attack the peace process and calls on Interpol to reactivate the red circular against him,” said the Comunes party, integrated by ex-FARC fighters.

Former FARC chief Rodrigo Granda, a signatory to the Colombian peace agreement, arrested in Mexico
Former FARC chief Rodrigo Granda, a signatory to the Colombian peace agreement, arrested in Mexico

Against this background, Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano claimed that the former guerrilla leader was arrested “on the basis of a red letter from Paraguay on charges of kidnapping, criminal association and willful killing”.

In addition, Molano has confirmed that Interpol Colombia “does not have the authority or access to modify, clarify or delete information published by other countries”.

For his part, the Senator of the House of Commons, Carlos Antonio Lozada, has declared that Granda will be attending an “international seminar” in the company of the formation’s president, Rodrigo Londoño, and other colleagues, despite the approval of the Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP).

As Londoño himself stated, the members of the Comunes were on Mexican territory to attend the seminar ‘The Parties and a New Society’, “where one of the issues to be discussed is the peace process in Colombia”.

“We carried out all the procedures before the JEP, as the acting parties, we received the permits and we arrived in Mexico City today,” said the head of the training, who was relocated without knowledge of the events so that Granda was arrested.

“I don’t want to make assumptions, I don’t want to speculate. I urge the international community to be aware of their security and status,” he said.

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