The Colombian police, in cooperation with the National Army, the Air Force and the Public Prosecutor’s Office, arrested a member of the dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who was involved in extorting and intimidating farmers and public employees of the Caquetá. has prescribed department in the south of the country.
In a video shared on his social networks, the Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano described in detail in a video shared on his social networks that the detainee replies using the code name “Maneto” and has recently devoted himself to “influencing the calm of this department”.
“Thanks to the work of our public forces, this criminal man was captured along with three other people who were also FARC members,” he added.
According to the minister, “Maneto” is supposed to blackmail farmers and ranchers and threaten officials such as the mayor and city councilors of Caquetá. In total, more than 145 people and business people are affected by the criminal activities of the guerrillas.
Additionally, the total amount of money delivery requests made during this period of activity, especially the last five months, was 1,697 million Colombian pesos – about 370,000 euros.
“We would like to thank our public officials for arresting and bringing this criminal to justice, who promoted and was responsible for kidnappings, murders, evictions, cattle theft and extortion,” added Molano.
Finally, the President has pointed out that “every blow against the FARC dissidents is a triumph of legality over terror,” while claiming that with this arrest “the premise of the President’s government, Iván Duque, materializes”. Márquez that “whoever does it pays.”