A guerrilla from the FARC dissidents is convicted of killing two social leaders

The Second Criminal Court of Florencia, in the department of Caquetá, has condemned a 20 years in prison Verónica Campos Pabón, alias ‘Andrea’, a member of one of the dissidents of the extinct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), for the murder of two social leaders, as well as the forced displacement of a woman and a child in October 2019.

The conviction was for two crimes of aggravated homicide in a homogeneous competition that occurred in La Espensa de Cartagena de Chairá, in the department of Caquetá, in southern Colombia.

The assassinated leaders were Gustavo Montoya Rodríguez and Ronald Rodríguez Zuluaga, who were allegedly targeted by the Residual Organized Armed Group (Gaor) 62 of the disappeared FARC.

In addition, she has also been convicted of aggravated forced displacement, aggravated conspiracy, and manufacture, trafficking, or aggravated possession of firearms, accessories, parts or ammunition.

According to the 2019 report of the Information System on Aggressions against Human Rights Defenders in Colombia (SIADDHH), collected by the newspaper ‘El Espectador’, Montoya Rodríguez was vice president of the community action board of the La Espensa village, where he was murdered.

For his part, Rodríguez Zuluaga was a member of the Coexistence and Conciliation Committee, also from the same village.

According to the information compiled by the Prosecutor’s Office, ‘Andrea’, 26, was in charge of monitoring the urban area of ​​Doncello and other municipalities of Caquetá so that the dissidents of the former FARC guerrilla “carried out terrorist actions against the population and the Public Force “.

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The condemned woman was captured last September 2020, and since then she has remained in prison, although there are five other arrest warrants for this case, three of them against the leaders of the dissidents, including Miguel Botache Santillana, alias’ Gentil Duarte ‘.

According to figures from the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), a total of 309 social leaders were murdered in Colombia in 2020, in addition to 12 family members or people related to them and 64 former FARC combatants.

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