Top FARC terrorist group leader facing drug trafficking charges in Colombia flees to socialist Venezuela

Like its Cuban colonial master, Venezuela has become a safe haven for drug trafficking terrorists.

Andres Fernandez reports in PanAm Post:

Top FARC Leader, Wanted for Drug Trafficking, Flees to Venezuela

Jesus Santrich has abandoned his security detail, and sought refuge under the protection of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, as Colombian courts consider the charges against him.

The case of FARC leader Jesus Santrich in Colombia has enraged the country, after the nation’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) prevented his extradition to the United States, despite overwhelming evidence of his involvement in cocaine trafficking. Now the guerrilla leader has abandoned his security detail, and is alleged to have fled Colombia for Venezuela.

In a video shared on social media, we see a group of ex-guerrillas in Venezuelan territory, with Santrich among them.

The statement issued by the National Protection Unit (UNP) adds that Santrich left a note in the room he occupied, which he apparently signed as well. He claimed that he would spend the night with one of his children in the city of Valledupar. However, the son in question claimed to have no idea about the whereabouts of his father. The UNP reported that Santrich’s security detail is made up, for the most part, of trusted members of the FARC party.

The guerrilla leader’s departure occurred a month after he was freed from jail, and was sworn in as a Congressional deputy representing the Revolutionary Alternative Community Party (FARC), although he is still under investigation by the Colombian and US authorities for the crime of drug trafficking.

In the first days of July the Supreme Court of Justice scheduled a hearing related to this case, at which the guerrilla leader was required to be present. That day will be key; it is still unknown if Santrich will take the same path as several of his companions and refuse to appear before the courts, or if he will show up for his hearing.

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