It points to the dissident FARC from the 33rd Front, which would have received orders from Caracas
MADRID, 22 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Colombian authorities have accused this Thursday the 33rd Front, dissidence of the defunct guerilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), of being behind the attack against the helicopter in which the president, Iván Duque, was traveling, following orders, ultimately instance, of the Venezuelan Government.
“With all the probative material at hand, it is clear that this attack against the president and the 30th Brigade was planned from Venezuela,” Defense Minister Diego Molano, who appeared alongside the attorney general, Francisco Barbosa, and the director of the National Police, José Luis Vargas.
Molano has thus indicated that it is necessary “to make the international community reflect on how the regime of President Nicolás Maduro” is behind “terrorists” who plan attacks against “Colombian institutions.”
The minister has assured that the security forces continue to “fight” to dismantle the 33rd Front and “accompany the entire judicial process so that the full weight of the law falls on those responsible.”
Likewise, he stressed that despite the fact that among the individuals involved there is an ex-military man who “betrayed the country and attacked his own ex-companions,” this “cannot tarnish the loyalty of thousands of members of the public force who are they play their lives to protect Colombians. “
Barbosa, for his part, has pointed to alias ‘John Mechas’, leader of the 33rd Front, and has supported that there is sufficient “technical evidence” to make such accusations. According to the newspaper ‘El Tiempo’, the investigations into what happened in Cúcuta, in Norte de Santander, at the end of June continue, although at the moment a dozen people have already been arrested.
The attack against the helicopter in which Duque was traveling occurred just over a week after the attack on the facilities of the 30th Brigade of the Colombian Army in the same city.
Barbosa has clarified that after the arrests electronic media, five vehicles and relevant information were seized, which made it possible to locate the people involved and take them before a judge of guarantees. Of those ten people, he said, three participated in the planning of the two attacks; one of them would be Andrés Medina, alias ‘Capi’, a retired Army captain, and another has been identified as ‘Miguel’. In addition, five other members of the 33rd Front were allegedly involved in the logistics of the attack.
Vargas has taken the occasion to explain that through the Esparta operation it has been possible to “establish that the orders for the attack came from camps in Venezuela.” In addition, the explosive material would have been transported from there. “There are elements that make it possible to clarify 100 percent how the two criminal acts were carried out,” he said.