Ecuadorian Colonel On Trial For Alleged Complicity With FARC

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2009 An Ecuadorian army colonel is being prosecuted for alleged collusion with the Colombian FARC guerrillas, which may be considered a grave offense against national security, the TV channel Teleamazonas revealed. They noted that Colonel José Hidalgo has been prosecuted in the military court since May 2007 for alleged complicity with the FARC, but has not been sentenced. Ecuadorian Defense Minister Javier Ponce told Teleamazonas that the attitude of this officer with the Colombian guerrillas “is very, very serious” and added that “it can be considered an attack on national security.” “It is an issue that cannot be generalized,” the official said, and stressed that “Lt. Col. Hidalgo does not really understand the principles and guidelines of both the Armed Forces and the national government in the case of confrontations with irregular groups.” Citing an intelligence report, Teleamazonas said that Hidalgo met, on two occasions between March and April 2007, with a FARC guerrilla identified as ‘Commander Marlene’ on the Ecuadorian side of the Amazonian border with Colombia. They added that a military patrol found 15 armed rebels under the command of ‘Marlene,’ who asked to telephone the colonel to coordinate a meeting, which occurred two hours later. For this event there were no arrests. Quito’s diplomatic relations with Bogota were broken off after the Colombian military attack on an underground FARC camp in Ecuadorian territory on March 1 that left 25 dead, including the rebel leader Raúl Reyes. Ecuador has set five terms for Colombia for the restoration of diplomatic ties, among them to cease linking Ecuador with the FARC.last_img read more

PREMIUMProsecutions continue amid lack of indigenous people’s protection

first_imgTopics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook #IndigenousPeople indigenous-people customary-forest #Forests forest Log in with your social account Google Linkedin Forgot Password ? A wave of prosecutions of indigenous people who regard themselves as defending their rights continues as local governments and law enforcement authorities fail to contextualize the habits and traditions of indigenous people amid an absence of laws protecting their rights, activists claim.A court in Eastern Seram regency in Maluku recently rejected a pretrial motion filed by two members of Sabuai customary village against the police’s decision to name them suspects for damaging heavy equipment belonging to a logging company operating in the forest.They are two of 26 people detained in mid-February after a protest against logging company Sumber Berkat Makmur’s activities turned into a riot. The protesters say that they were trying to protect the Mount Ahwale forest in Sabuai, which they consider part of their customary forest.Awal Darmawan Akhmad, the sole judge pre…last_img read more