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Colombia’s attorney general resigns over court refusal to extradite FARC leader

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By ITN News Editor May 16, 2019 13:33

Colombia’s attorney general resigns over court refusal to extradite FARC leader

Colombia’s attorney general Nestor Humberto Martinez said he resigned in protest after a special court charged with prosecuting war crimes denied a U.S. extradition request for a former FARC leader accused of drug trafficking.The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal of Colombia jurisdiction over all crimes which took place during the war with the FARC and ruled Seuxis Paucias Hernandez’s extradition can only go ahead if the alleged crime took place after the accord, placing it within the remit of the regular justice system. Hernandez was indicted over a year ago by a U.S. grand jury for conspiracy to export 10 tonnes of cocaine, worth $320 million in street value.Martinez, who has been beset by questions over his connections to the Latin America-wide Odebrecht corruption scandal, took office in 2016 and was meant to serve until 2020. He has denied any misconduct and recused himself from the investigation into Odebrecht.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 16, 2019 13:33