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They look for him as a needle is sought in a haystack. The passage is close to him in 194 countries where Interpol has interference, but Seuxis Paucias Hernández, known as Jesús Santrich, the former FARC guerrilla fighter noted for managing cocaine trafficking from Colombia to Mexico after the peace agreements were signed between the Government and the armed group is hidden between Venezuela and Cuba.
At least, this is what Iván Duque, president of Colombia, has said, based on reports of military intelligence, former president Andrés Pastrana, who disclosed an air route map where Santrich was supposedly moved, and Iván Márquez (another former guerrilla leader).
The red circular that Interpol has disclosed against Santrich and that alerts countries to report their location and stop it in case of finding their hiding place, has five photographs of the escape, reports their personal data - is 53 years old, was born in Toluviejo, Sucre, Colombia- and reports that aggravated crimes of trafficking, manufacturing or transportation of narcotic drugs weigh on him.
"We celebrate the inclusion of Jesús Santrich in the Interpol red circular. Every country in the world has a duty to bring fugitives and criminals to justice," says President Iván Duque, one of the most insistent that the former guerrilla responds For their crimes.
Likewise, the Colombian president has been glad to have "this red circular" and because it is "known to everyone". "An occasion for the whole world to join the capture of these criminals," he added.
What is expected in Colombia is that Nicolás Maduro, who has insisted on hiding the presence of FARC dissidents in his territory, stop and hand over the former subversive. However, although Venezuela has been part of Interpol since 1948, this is unlikely to happen. And more when diplomatic relations between the two countries go through a bitter moment.
From Santrich, the man who polarized the country among friends and opponents of a peace process that forgave him his crimes, took him to civil life and even granted him a seat in the House of Representatives, nothing is known since the first week of July, days before appearing in a hearing with the Supreme Court of the country that investigates its business with drug trafficking.
On June 30, he traveled to La Guajira, an apartment located in the north of this country and took refuge in a former guerrilla camp, but disappeared. He left the escorts assigned to him by the National Presidential Protection Unit and fled, apparently, through the trails (illegal passages) that connect Colombia with the Venezuelan territory, where he could be a refugee.
Given this, the Colombian Supreme Court ordered his capture. And it is the Court that today has the ball on its roof in order to investigate Santrich for his quality as a congressman, after the Special Justice for Peace (JEP) -created during the peace negotiations to judge crimes committed during The Colombian armed conflict will order your freedom. Until then, it was the Attorney General's Office that held him in jail for an extradition request launched by the United States Government.
While Santrich is still on the run, the Supreme Court maintains its arrest warrant, the United States maintains its extradition request and Interpol activates its search alarms. In the House of Representatives, they keep the two checks for 38 million pesos (approximately 10,160 euros), of salary that must be withdrawn exclusively by him, because, for the moment, there is no judicial decision that administratively separates him from his position .
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