Colombia's FARC Admits to Killing Ex-Presidential Candidate

10/6/2020

Former commanders from Colombia's FARC rebel group have claimed responsibility for six murders, including that of conservative politician Alvaro Gomez Hurtado. The admission was made in a letter to the Special Justice for Peace (JEP) tribunal, which is tasked with investigating crimes committed during more than five decades of armed conflict between the FARC and the government.

JEP said in a statement that the letter, signed by three ex-FARC commanders, aimed to "tell the truth, clarify the facts, and take responsibility" for several killings between 1987 and 2002. Prior to this admission, it was widely believed that political rivals with links to the military and drug traffickers were behind the murder of Alvaro Gomez Hurtado. Other killings on the list included that of lawmaker Pablo Emilio Guarin in 1987, army general Fernando Landazabal Reyes in 1998, and former peace adviser Jesus Antonio Bejarano in 1999.

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