'False Postives': the former ELN 'Zarco' retracted the recruitment of victims for this criminal practice

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He will no longer accept the preliminary agreement reached with the Prosecutor's Office where he accepted his responsibility in these events where some soldiers reported killed in combat as guerrillas

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‘False Postives’: exELN ‘Zarco’ retracted on video recruitment victims for this criminal practice

Luis Jhon Castro Ramírez, alias El Zarco, upon his arrival in Colombia after being extradited from Spain. (Attorney General's Office).

Luis Jhon Castro Ramírez, alias El Zarco, retracted the preliminary agreement he reached with the Attorney General's Office where he accepted that < b>recruited people for the military to assassinate them and then report them as guerrillas killed in combat, a criminal practice that was called 'False Positives', reported on the station La W Radio.< /p>

In it, the former ELN subversive was willing to serve a sentence of 26 years and eight months in jail by confessing that he had handed over 17 people to be killed by corrupt uniformed officers seeking perks within the Army if they proved that they achieved the highest number of casualties in the ranks of the insurgents.

Through a document that they obtained exclusively in that radio medium,“Zarco's” defense attorney, Jhon William Zuluaga, made it official that they were desisting from continuing with that negotiation which they concluded with the investigative body and was going to prosecute before the First Criminal Court of the Specialized Circuit of Ibagué (Tolima).< /p>

The retraction was argued by pointing out that they were not clear about the conditions in which 'Zarco' assumed responsibility for the crimes of Homicide of a protected person and conspiracy to commit a crime

“All action in relation to the pre-agreement is suspended (…) The above in the understanding that the conditions for accepting charges are not clear, he does not understand why he will receive a sentence, if what he has been is a key witness of the prosecution to continue the process against other people and what he claims is that the prosecution had promised him some benefits and not a conviction”, they quoted in La W Radio the official letter that they obtained exclusively.

They even added on the station, The ex-guerrilla's defense attorney assured that the public defense attorney in the case told him to accept this negotiation as proposed by the Prosecutor's Office, without his client knowing its terms.

“That it was the best thing for him, without the consequences of such a preliminary agreement being measured. And since to date the acceptance or not of its terms has not been publicized by his Office (…) it was decided by the defendant to retract it, since they have the right to face criminal proceedings”, they highlighted from the document.

Finally, they indicated that next Thursday, November 24, the respective hearing will be convened where the withdrawal would be made official.

< p class="paragraph">Luis Jhon Castro Ramírez was extradited from Spain in September 2021, after being recaptured by the authorities of that country following a petition submitted by the then government of Iván Duque that < b>required him to answer for handing over victims for 'False Positives'.

In February 2021, the newspaper El Espectador revealed that since January In 2020, the Spanish authorities had made Castro Ramírez available to the Colombian justice system, after having captured him months before. However, he was not received by Colombia and was provisionally released.

Since he was captured It was made available, but the flight restriction due to the covid-19 pandemic limited the possibilities for up to four months. Alias ​​El Zarco also managed to postpone the process with an asylum application that was later denied by the Kingdom of Spain. Finally, in mid-October of that year, when the extradition was completed, the Colombian government reportedly breached the agreement to transfer him to the country.

The blame shifted from the Foreign Ministry to the Interpol and the Ministry of Justice. Thus, the process was postponed until August 31, when the Minister of Justice, Wilson Ruiz Orejuela, notified that the Spanish Council of Ministers had authorized the extradition.

However, the Spanish National Court, the highest court of the Iberian country, had already approved the extradition of the criminal since the beginning of June. But the defendant had filed an appeal, again delaying the process, which was resolved negatively. El Zarco was about to be released due to the expiration of his terms.