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Colombia maintains the arrest and extradition order against Salvatore Mancuso after being appointed peace manager

Colombia maintains the arrest and extradition order against Salvatore Mancuso after being appointed peace manager

The Colombian Justice upheld this Monday the arrest and extradition order against Salvatore Mancuso, former head of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) paramilitaries, and who on Sunday was appointed as peace manager by the country’s president, Gustavo Petro.

Despite this appointment, which was made after Mancuso agreed to work jointly with the authorities to search for victims of forced disappearance on the border with Venezuela, a judge from the Chamber of Justice and Peace in Bogota has left the order against him firm and he must return to the country for two sentences, Radio Caracol has reported.

According to the court, Mancuso and his defense have opposed the extradition request, in force since 2020, and have requested asylum in the United States.

The former paramilitary leader has been in a migrant detention center in Atlanta, United States, for two years, awaiting his extradition to Colombia, where a few months ago he was granted four years of probation, although he has pending issues with the Justice system due to his past at the head of the AUC. For this reason, he testified before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) in his last attempt to qualify as a third collaborator for special justice.

Known as “Triple Zero” during his armed past, he has acknowledged having been involved in at least 300 murders, among which are those of the El Aro massacre, which brought him a 40-year prison sentence that he never served for joining the Justice and Peace Law mechanism, promoted by former President Alvaro Uribe to demobilize paramilitaries.

In turn, it has two judicial processes open in Colombia for its responsibility in more than 600 homicides, the forced displacement of almost 1,000 people and more than thirty forced disappearances.

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