On Wednesday, Colombian lawmakers summoned Defense Minister Diego Molano to answer for the extrajudicial executions carried out on March 28 in the town of Puerto Leguizamo, in the department of Putumayo.
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Molano cataloged the events as a successful military operation that neutralized nine former guerrilla fighters who did not sign the 2016 peace agreement and captured four members of criminal organizations dedicated to drug trafficking activities. .
“We had to carry out the operation because the inhabitants of the regions were frightened by this criminal network,” Molano said, pointing out that the operation had been planned five months ago.
However, the National Organization of Indigenous Peoples (ONPI) condemned the fact that the Colombian army only attacked indigenous leaders and farmers who attended a community bazaar during this operation.
“The army has not reported any arrests to the prosecution, nor provided documents justifying its violent prosecution of civilians,” said the ONPI, recalling that minors had died in the attack.
“Molano must resign from his post after these facts,” said Senator Antonio Sanguino, recalling that President Ivan Duque’s “democratic” security policy is scandalous and untenable.
The director of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF), Lina Arbelaez, the commander of the national army Eduardo Zapateiro, the attorney general Francisco Barbosa and the director of the Colombian Institute of Forensic Medicine Jorge Jimenez were also invited to debate.