To the jail head of the ELN responsible for attacks against the public forces on the border with Venezuela

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Alias ​​Aldemar is accused of kidnapping the registrar of San Calixto, Norte de Santander, as well as attacks with explosives

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To jail the ELN leader responsible for attacks against the public force on the border with Venezuela

Alias ​​Aldemar is accused of kidnapping the registrar of San Calixto, Norte de Santander, as well as attacks with explosives. (Colprensa – Álvaro Tavera)

The Colombian authorities announced a new blow against the ELN's Carlos Armado Cacua Guerrero structure. Yedixon Sánchez Durán, alias Aldemar, who would be the leader of that network, was sent to jail.

< p class="paragraph">According to the information revealed by the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, this subject is indicated as responsible for different attacks against the public force on the border with Venezuela and crimes such as kidnapping, among others.

A prosecutor from the Specialized Directorate against Criminal Organizations charged Yedixon Sánchez Durán, alias Aldemar, with the crimes of terrorism, rebellion and aggravated kidnapping. Despite the probative material presented by the accusing entity, the ringleader of the structure Carlos Amado Cacua Guerrero of the ELN did not accept the charges.

The acts of violence in which the responsibility of the ELN leader was allegedly proven

The Attorney General's Office established that alias Aldemar participated in at least two kidnappings that were reported in Norte de Santander.

The first of these two cases occurred on June 30, 2019. At that time, a civilian was apparently kidnapped when he was mistaken for a member of the National Army.

Members of the Carlos Armado Cacua Guerrero structure detained the citizen in the vicinity of Ocaña, Norte de Santander. The citizen remained in captivity for approximately four months and upon establishing that he was not a member of the military, the criminals handed him over to a humanitarian commission.

In the other event, happened in October 2019, the registrar of San Calixto, another municipality in Norte de Santander, Hernán Javier López, was kidnapped.

According to what was established thanks to the investigations by the accusing entity, the registrar was traveling on a public transport bus when armed men intercepted him and forced him to get out of the vehicle.

After removing him from the bus, the highly armed criminals took him to a wooded area “where they destroyed the electoral material for the local elections that were held in the municipality”.

According to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, the main objective in this case was to disappear the electoral material, for this reason, after several hours, the ELN criminals decided to release the official of the National Registry of Civil Status.

Another act of violence for which alias Aldemar is accused is the preparation and activation of an explosive device that left three people injured, including a member of the National Army, institution to which the attack was directed.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, the events occurred in June 2019, also in the municipality of San Calixto, where members of the military forces were attacked when they were moving through that territory that is part of Norte de Santander.

The attack with explosives, in addition to the soldier, left two civilians injured. As it was known, the citizens were mobilizing through the sector just when the explosion occurred.

“Alias ​​Aldemar would also be involved in the preparation and activation of an explosive device in the Vista Hermosa village , in San Calixto, on June 29, 2019. The attack was directed against units of the National Army that were mobilizing through the sector, and left a soldier and two individuals who were mobilizing on a motorcycle injured,” the Prosecutor's Office reported.

Due to the aforementioned facts, a guarantee control judge imposed a custodial measure in prison on Yedixon Sánchez Durán, alias Aldemar.