Considered one of Colombia’s most wished criminals, Leider Johany Noscue was killed in Cauca province, President Ivan Duque says.
A frontrunner of a legal group made up of Colombian insurgent dissidents has been killed in a navy operation within the nation’s southwest, President Ivan Duque mentioned.
Leider Johany Noscue, a dissident from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which laid down their arms in a 2016 peace take care of the state, was “one of the wished criminals within the nation”, Duque mentioned on Twitter on Monday.
Noscue, referred to as Mayimbu, was killed in mountainous terrain shut within the Suarez municipality in Colombia’s Cauca province, the president mentioned.
He was accused by authorities of murdering troopers and group leaders, in addition to kidnapping, extortion and cocaine trafficking. The federal government had supplied a reward of $256,000 for info concerning his whereabouts.
“This operation exhibits that symbols of evil proceed to fall wherever they’re discovered. They’ll don’t have any hiding place, they are going to don’t have any refuge,” Duque mentioned in a video deal with.
Colombia signed a peace settlement in 2016 with the FARC to finish a decades-long battle, however some dissident members of the insurgent group have chosen to not recognise it.
Since then, the nation has seen a surge in violence as armed teams battle for territorial management of key areas, with human rights activists and Indigenous land defenders, particularly, going through typically lethal assaults.
Greater than 400 human rights defenders have been killed in Colombia since 2016, Human Rights Watch mentioned in a report in February of final 12 months.
“Killings of human rights defenders have elevated as armed teams have swiftly stepped into the breach left by the FARC, warring for management over territory for coca manufacturing and different unlawful actions,” the group discovered.
The Colombian authorities held Noscue chargeable for the 2019 homicide of a mayoral candidate in Suarez, the city in Cauca the place he was killed by the military.
“This legal … specialised in drug trafficking, within the alliance of FARC and its dissidents with the Mexican cartels, and supposed on persevering with to train his management over the Pacific drug trafficking routes,” mentioned Duque.
Noscue’s fighters even have been accused of attacking native environmental activist Francia Marquez, who’s the operating mate of left-wing presidential candidate Gustavo Petro.
Petro is going through off in opposition to right-wing populist Rodolfo Hernandez in Sunday’s election runoff.