Thursday, September 29, 2022

Colombia authorizes extradition of Piedad Cordoba’s brother

Colombian President Gustavo Petro on Wednesday signed the extradition order of lvaro Freddy Córdoba, brother of famous congressman Piedad Córdoba, who is requested by a United States court to answer for crimes related to drug trafficking. He is going.

Cordoba’s defense can still file an appeal within the next ten business days. If it is rejected, the extradition will be final, according to the Ministry of Justice through its press office.

It is one of the first extraditions to the United States signed by Petro, who became president a month earlier. He is the brother of an acting senator who was elected in March by the political movement of the left-wing historical Pact, Petro.

अलlvaro Córdoba, 63, has been lodged in a Colombian prison since February this year. Since then, his sister has publicly denied that she had any links with drug trafficking or illegal armed groups.

During the most critical years of the Colombian conflict, Senator Córdoba was a key mediator in the release of hostages by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a guerrilla group that signed a peace deal with the kingdom in 2016.

In 2010 Córdoba was disciplined by the Attorney General’s office for alleged links with the FARC. Six years later, the Council of State ruled in his favor, rescinding the approval, so he was able to run for Congress again.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York pleaded with Alvaro Córdoba for an alleged conspiracy to import narcotics, which would have begun at least July 2021 until February 2022—when he was apprehended—by the Colombian Supreme According to the published document, the court in which his extradition is supported.

According to the affidavit of a special agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, for its abbreviation in English), Córdoba may have participated in coordinating cocaine trafficking, according to several videoconferences and recorded personal meetings.

During a meeting in December 2021, Córdoba would have offered to arrange a visit to a camp for those interested in purchasing the narcotics, where there were some 300 armed men of former FARC dissidents who returned to the rebellion. Were. On the trip they will meet with the guerrilla commander to talk about “quantities, prices and logistics”.

At that meeting and again in January, the DEA agent assured, Cordoba and others related to him “talked about an agreement to participate in a drug transaction that involved at least several hundred kilograms of cocaine that was eventually destined for the United States.”

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