The Court approves the extradition of alias 'Harry Potter', a criminal who drugged and kidnapped two officials of the United States Embassy in Colombia

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The subject was requested in extradition by the Court of the Southern District of Florida for charges of assault, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit crimes against internationally protected persons

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The Court approves the extradition of alias ‘Harry Potter’, a criminal who drugged and kidnapped two officials of the United States Embassy in Colombia

Video capture from the Prosecutor's Office showing how a gang takes a man out of the car, after kidnapping, drugging and robbing him

In March 2020, according to the investigation, two officials from the United States embassy were chatting in a bar in the north of Bogotá. At their table, two women approached who, in the midst of distractions, mixed clonazepam with the drinks of the two men. The drug made them both lose strength and awareness of what was happening around them, so the women, members of the dangerous gang, took the opportunity to rob them; and later left them abandoned.

The authorities in 2021, after a long investigation, determined that Jefferson Arango Castellanos, alias 'Harry Potter', 33 years old, and Kenny Juliet Uribe, alias 'Hellen', 31 years old, were responsible for the crime against foreigners, as well that were captured. More than a year after their capture, this weekend, El Tiempo announced that the subjects made an agreement with the Prosecutor's Office to be able to access some discounts and benefits, but that inIn the case of Arango Castellanos, the Supreme Court of Justice gave the endorsement so that the subject could be extradited to the North American country.

It is important to remember that the subject was requested in extradition by the Court of the Southern District of Florida on charges of assault, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit crimes against internationally protected persons. And in the case of the others involved, his process is still ongoing and it is most likely that extradition will also be given free rein.

In the file that the North American Court has, it is explained that the citizens of the United States were fulfilling functions on behalf of their country in the city of Bogotá and that this made them protected persons, one of the arguments that valid the process for the Supreme Court. from Colombia.

“The members of the Army of the United States of America, attached to the Department of Defense, on the date of commission of the crimes, were carrying out official duties on behalf of the requesting country in the city of Bogotá,” reads the document in power of the North American justice.

It is important to mention that the defendants are related to other cases. They were even allegedly responsible for the death of a woman who, for robbing her, was drugged. The woman, known as Alexandra Amaya, died of an overdose of clonazepam. Alexandra was the sister of the former prosecutor and current Comptroller for Royalties, Yajaira Cáceres Pacheco.

Likewise, in 2015, according to information taken from the Semana Magazine, the Superior Court of Bogotá accepted the request made by the National Directorate of Organized Crime, which sentenced 12 people, alleged members of a gang that called itself, ' Los Tomaseros' same name as the gang to which alias 'Harry Potter' belonged.

For the 2015 sentence, the authorities took into account the events that occurred in February 2010 that , as is common in their modus operandi, had to do with two men who, seduced by two women, members of the gang, were drugged, gagged, kidnapped, and robbed.

The The police managed to reach the place where the two men were being held, and were able to get them out of there alive. According to the Prosecutor's Office, in the file they have in their possession, there are videos in which there is evidence of how the gang left their victims in pastures.

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