Judges analyze first amnesties for members of FARC-EP

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Starting from this Monday will be the first 1,200 applications from insurgents within the special jurisdiction for peace. | Photo: hoydiariodelmagdalena.com.co (referral)

Judges of the execution of sentences and sentences of Bogotá study from Monday if nearly five thousand insurgents of the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia – army del Pueblo (FARC-EP) and 800 soldiers arrested in the Colombian capital are compliant to be benefited with the special justice for Peace Act.
“There are 5,000 convicted as members of the guerrilla and the amnesty law contending that corresponds to political crimes for members of FARC-EP, if the judge analysed that it is indeed a political offence and that the person is part of the FARC-EP, as it will enter that amnesty is applied”, said the representative of those judges, Jorge Blanco , to a local radio station.
How will the process be?
The Higher Council of the judiciary authorized to incorporate to 50 employees and the Colombian Government approved a round of 5,000 million pesos (1.74 million dollars) earmarked for operating offices that processed the requests of amnesties and pardons.
Currently, the courts of execution of sentences of Bogota carry out 16,000 processes to people arrested and convicted with the conflict. Starting from this Monday will be the first 1,200 applications from insurgents within the special jurisdiction for peace.
Eight hundred soldiers already requested that his case be attended by special justice for peace. If approved, they could aspire to amnesties, conditional freedom and pardons. 29 execution of penalties of Bogotá judges evaluated these cases based on the Final peace agreement signed between the Government and the FARC – EP in November 2016.
“There priority to these cases and the judges are fully aimed to carry out requests within a reasonable time,” said White to El Espectador, while cases of the courts will be handled in one longer time.
FARC-EP insists on the implementation of the agreements, the announcement comes days after the murder of Luis Alberto Ortiz heads, pardoned in the context of the amnesty law and released on April 1st in the jail of Vista Hermosa in Cali.
On April 16 he visited relatives in the rural area of Tumaco in the Nariño Department. On the night of that day, he was approached on a sidewalk in the community and was killed with a firearm.
The FARC-EP claimed that “these facts show the persistence of paramilitarism” and the failure of the Colombian State to guarantee security.