Arrest warrant issued for Farc ex-rebel Jesús Santrich

An arrest warrant has been issued for Colombian former rebel turned lawmaker Jesús Santrich after he failed to show up to court in relation to drug smuggling charges.

Colombia’s supreme court has ordered Santrich’s capture after he disappeared on Sunday.

He is alleged to have helped smuggle a large quantity of cocaine into the US, to where he faces possible extradition.

Santrich, 52, denies the charges and says they are part of a conspiracy.

The court case on Tuesday was to help decide whether Santrich should be detained while his US extradition is under review.

Only Santrich’s lawyer turned up and said he did not know the whereabouts of his client, who is accused of smuggling 10 tonnes of cocaine into the US in 2017.

Santrich’s son said he feared his father may have been kidnapped or killed but Colombian President Iván Duque said Santrich was trying to elude justice.

Who is Jesús Santrich?

In 2016, colombia agreed a peace deal to end 50 years of conflict. As part of the agreement, 10 former rebel commanders became lawmakers, including Santrich, otherwise known as Seuxis Paucias Hernandez.

For 30 years he was a commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of colombia (Farc), a Marxist rebel group that engaged in a five-decade-long armed struggle against government forces and right-wing paramilitaries.

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