Attack on the 30th Brigade in Cúcuta: trial against seven members of the National Army enters the final stretch

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Attack on Brigade 30 in Cúcuta: trial against seven members of the National Army enters the final stretch

The hearing will It will take place on November 24 starting at 9:00 a.m., Soldiers of the Colombian Army. (Colprensa – Diego Pineda)

On June 15, 2021, the 30th Brigade of the National ArmyIt was the target of a car bomb explosion inside its facilities. Diego Molano, Minister of Defense at the time, thus reported the news.

“At 3:05 p.m. a white Toyota (brand) truck entered with two individuals impersonating public officials. At 3:10 p.m., this truck had a first explosion which, of course, affected the facilities. Two minutes later, there was a second explosion from the same truck, seriously affecting this brigade's facilities,” he said during a press conference in Cúcuta that was held that same day.

With with the intention of clarifying what happened, this Friday, November 11, the Attorney General's Officesummoned to a public hearing the colonel commander of the 30th brigade of Cúcuta, Norte de Santander, Ilvar Orlando González Villamil, the colonel chief of staff and second commander, Pedro María Vega Losada, the lieutenant colonel commander of the city's 30th BASPC Battalion, Carlos Andrés Sarmiento.

The hearing will be held on November 24 starting at 9:00 a.m. m., in order to continue with the verbal trial that is being carried out against these officers for the alleged omission in the entrance control to the facilities of the military canton.

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Likewise, the senior BASPC 30 operations officer, Cesar Alexander Carrero Salcedo, sergeant deputy commander of the San Jorge Military Canton Guard, Mario Andrés López Roque, and second corporal on duty, Oscar Leonel Pava Caviedes, were also summoned.

According to the Attorney General's Office, the soldiers investigated failed to carry out the strict controls and risk assessment that possibly led to the entry of the vehicle with the explosive chargein which the terrorist attack on the brigade was perpetrated.

The statement from the Public Ministry highlights that the “conduct with which they possibly failed to comply with their functional duties , at the time of issuing the orders and instructions and carrying out the respective searches, gave space to perpetrate the attack.”

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It must be remembered that on November 3, Aurelio Suárez, leader of the Farc dissidents in Norte de Santander, accepted his responsibility in the attack against Brigade 30 of the National Army that left 44 wounded.

Suárez accepted the crimes of conspiracy to commit a crime, terrorism, attempted murder, damage to another's property; and manufacture, trafficking and possession of weapons for restricted use by the Armed Forces or explosives.

For his conduct, the guerrilla will have to pay a sentence of 30 years and 4 months prison, in addition, he must pay a fine of 9,375 legal monthly minimum wages as well as serve a disqualification from holding public office for the same time.

In the investigation carried out by The Attorney General's Office also learned that this man was in permanent contact with Jhon Mechas and Darwin, the top leaders of that illegal group, to plan violent acts against the public forces and the civilian population in Tibú and Cúcuta (Norte de Santander).

“He was in charge of the group that organized and carried out the terrorist attack against the brigade, he learned in detail the roles that each of the people involved and knew precisely the means and methods that the officer would use retired person who brought the explosive into the military headquarters,” explained the investigative body.