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Weekly Report - 11 July 2019 (WR-19-27)

COLOMBIA: Santrich no-show overshadows army scandal

Colombia’s supreme court (CSJ) declared Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’) a fugitive from justice on 9 July and ordered his capture after he failed to attend a hearing scheduled for that day in relation to a drug-trafficking case in which he is implicated. The former guerrilla commander and peace negotiator disappeared without trace on 29 June. The entire political class, including Santrich’s own Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común (Farc), condemned his failure to appear before the CSJ, which served as a welcome distraction for the government led by President Iván Duque in a week in which the army was embroiled in a new scandal.

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