JEP denies freedom to former paramilitary chief Salvatore Mancuso and his request to be a peace broker

JEP denies freedom to former paramilitary chief Salvatore Mancuso and his request to be a peace broker
JEP denies freedom to former paramilitary chief Salvatore Mancuso and his request to be a peace broker

06:40 PM

The Chamber for the Definition of Legal Situations of theThe JEP has denied the request for temporary, conditional and early release submitted by the defense of Salvatore Mancuso Gómez, as well as his request for release as a peace broker appointed by the National Government. This decision is based on the current study of Mancuso’s appearance before the JEP by the Constitutional Court, due to a controversy over jurisdictional competence.

The JEP’s determination is based on the clash generated by the “competence of jurisdictions” that has been evaluated in the case of Salvatore Mancuso.

The former paramilitary leader extradited to the United States was repatriated to Colombia to answer for crimes committed during the armed conflict. But according to the Court’s arguments, the JEP’s competence to judge Mancuso is being questioned due to a conflict of jurisdictions for personal reasons.

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In addition, the court indicated that Mancuso’s request for release in his role as peacemaker was previously rejected by the Justice and Peace Chamber of the Barranquilla Court. Although this decision was appealed, the appeal has not yet been resolved by the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice due to the conflict of jurisdictions that is currently under consideration by the Constitutional Court.

For these reasons, the JEP decided to deny both temporary freedom and freedom as a peacemaker for Salvatore Mancuso until the situation regarding his appearance before this transitional justice court becomes clearer.

Mancuso also has three sentences handed down by judges in three different cities for acts related to the armed conflict, reasons for which it was already foreseen that he would not be able to migrate from one jurisdiction to another. One of the sentences has an arrest warrant in force, so the ordinary courts also have jurisdiction over the freedom of the former paramilitary.

The former commander had been assigned by the Government of Gustavo Petro as a peace broker, as the president hoped that his knowledge and criminal experience would contribute to the disarming of structures that adopted the practices of the paramilitaries. In addition, he hoped that he would contribute to the victims, thousands throughout the country, who are waiting for truth, justice and reparation for their dead and missing persons who remain in impunity.

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