FARC-EP: The Hoax Against Jesús Santrich

Campaign Page: Free Santrich, Save Peace in Colombia

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The history

Jesús Santrich is a prominent protagonist of the peace talks that built the Final Agreement for the Construction of a Stable and Lasting Peace in Colombia. He is a member of the Committee for the Follow-up, Promotion and Verification of the Implementation (CSIVI), representative to the Chamber for the Atlantic department and prominent member of the national leadership of the FARC political party. One of his functions was the management, promotion and monitoring of productive projects for the reincorporation of the ex-combatants of the FARC.

In the search for reincorporation alternatives for the ex-combatants, many meetings were held with diverse social sectors, organizations and personalities that wanted to make their proposals. In this context appears an individual called MARLON MARÍN. Taking advantage of his kinship with Iván Márquez, he makes some proposals on health issues, but they were dismissed by the FARC considering them irrelevant and contrary to their interests. Subsequently, Mr. Marín continued to organize several meetings representing the interests of entrepreneurs interested in peace projects.

Within the framework of these efforts, Mr. Marín intermediated between Santrich and foreign investors interested in the food business, with a proposal of endorsing what they called “Econative Farms”. To promote these projects, Mr. Marín requested two brief meetings with emissaries from foreign businessmen to explain the initiative. These projects, like all those presented by Marín, were never materialized.

On April 9, 2018, carrying out a “spectacular” military operation, units of the Technical Investigation Corps of the CTI Attorney’s Office, the Police and the Army raided the house and enforced an arrest warrant by the Interpol against Jesús Santrich, for alleged drug trafficking charges. The request for extradition came from the United States and was based on alleged “incontrovertible” evidence and a star informant, “Marlon Marín”. It is worth noting the ILLEGALITY of this arrest since the Attorney General of the Nation has no competence and did not request authorization from the JEP to carry it out, this being a condition that must be fulfilled for all ex-combatants covered by the agreements of Havana, especially if an extradition request from a foreign country is involved.

The false tests

It should be noted that to date there is no judicial process against Jesus Santrich in Colombia. The crimes attributed to him and the alleged evidence are in the hands of the US justice system and to date they have not been officially presented, which leaves the Colombian Attorney’s office acting as an extension of the US justice system. The Attorney’s Office has not respected the process of legalization of the arrest, based on the fact that the arrest warrant is from another country and not because of an offense committed in Colombia.

The “evidence” that is known was published by the Attorney General in the media, without the possibility of clarifying how they obtained them, because if it were true that specialized units of the prosecutor’s office found them “by chance” in the course of other investigations, to this day there is certainty that there is no legal process in Colombia on these facts, which invalidates the alleged “evidence”.

What we know

1. About the phone calls of Marlon Marín with alleged drug traffickers, we can not say anything. They can be real or not. Whatever Marín did is not the responsibility of Jesus Santrich or the FARC, nor does it involve them. However, it does allow us to suspect that they are part of a hoax.

2. About the only call where the voice of Jesus Santrich appears: if true, these calls are about a meeting totally disconnected from the other calls, without any verification of the date. During this call, Jesús Santrich agrees to have a brief meeting with the organizer, apparently Marlon Marín.

3. According to press reports, the meeting was held on February 8 in a house in the Modelia neighborhood, where Jesús Santrich was illegally detained, after months of alleged follow-up on the property. However, Santrich lived from August 2016 until February 28 in a house in the Nicolás de Federman neighborhood. Due to the expiration of the lease contract and its non-renewal, the government assigned Jesus Santrich the house of the Modelia neighborhood at April 1, 2018. By the beginning of that month, he was traveling through different parts of the country because of his functions; He actually started living in this house three or four days before his capture. It is impossible then that Santrich has been in said house before the month of April.

4. People have wanted to “prove” Santrich’s non-existent relationship with the Sinaloa Cartel, because of a painting that he signed for “Don Rafa Caro”. Jesus has acknowledged that he signed a poster, a reproduction of an original of his painting, for that person at the request of Marlon Marín, who referred to him as an entrepreneur who wanted to invest in projects for peace. One more of the hundreds of signed posters or hundreds of autographed books of his authorship. However, the meaning of the dedication says it all: “… with appreciation and hope for peace. Santrich.” With this phrase or some similar one, Santrich usually signs all his dedications.

In short, what has been presented so far is a series of conjectures, disconnected pieces and a high degree of speculation that only for people like the Prosecutor Martínez Neira are sufficient to say that they are “irrefutable”, damaging the prestige of one of the main architects of the current peace process.

The context of Santrich: the truth is close to common sense.

Our Comrade, although he has maintained a critical stance towards the implementation of the Peace Agreement, consequence of the multiple breaches by the State, has been one of his most determined promoters. He has dedicated every day of the last years of his life to the achievement of peace, to look for formulas that can strengthen it.

Jesus Santrich is an intellectual from a family of teachers and artists with some economic resources. He decided to decline to all material aspirations and to serve the humble ones in the People’s Army. Today he has absolutely no assets or property except personal belongings, some musical instruments and a vast collection of paintings of his own authorship that he refuses to sell. He lacks resources for any enterprise no matter how small. Until the moment of his illegal arrest, he lived in houses provided by the State, he was transported in vehicles provided by the National Protection Unit.

The last weeks before his arrest, he was finishing 2 books that should be released at the Bogota Book Fair. At the precise moment of his capture he was working on the last revision of this work.

It is absolutely impossible for a person of his human, economic, social and political characteristics to have an interest in a drug trafficking operation. Never in his guerrilla life did he have an accusation for this crime. It is even difficult to imagine him in a legal activity of any kind to enrich himself; that is not the Jesús Santrich we know.

Moreover, they have not explained that if drug buyers in Mexico had millions of dollars and drug trafficking routes, and some gentlemen in Colombia had contacts with them and had the drugs: What role was Santrich supposed to play there? Why would they need a man guarded by policemen who had nothing to contribute to the success of the business? Why does the entrapment of the DEA carry out the arrest before the crime has been committed and deprive themselves of a historic seizure of 10 tons of cocaine? The fable is too ridiculous to be truth.

Besides Santrich, who is who in this story?

Marlon Marín:

What is known about him, by information from the media, is that he’s from Caquetá and he is dedicated to the search of all types of businesses. He is a nephew of the leader of the FARC, Iván Márquez, not very close though because of the distance of the war. Marín was born approximately 40 years ago, almost simultaneously with the entrance of Iván Márquez to the FARC and his consequent clandestine life. That is, their family relationship is almost nil. Iván Márquez himself has said that his treatment is limited to a few sporadic visits, which ended when the leader of the FARC sensed that his nephew was trying to trap him.

The DEA:

The US anti-drug agency is a drug cartel in itself. Its function is the regulation of the price of drugs in a market which finances the agency. It is recognized for carrying out all kinds of hoax to catch its targets of interest, without these necessarily having to do with drugs.

Another of its functions is interference in the political processes of Latin America.
The DEA has always been contrary to the Peace Accords in Colombia, especially the chapter on “Solution to the problem of illicit drugs”, because it emphasizes overcoming the causes that lead the peasants to plant illicit crops as a way of subsistence, privileging voluntary substitution. This, in contrast to the failed anti-drug policy of the DEA based on repression, fumigations and other practices from which huge economic sectors benefit.

The Prosecutor Nestor Humberto Martínez:

Prosecutor Martínez Neira is a “prestigious” lawyer at the service of the great economic emporiums of Colombia. He is co-founder of the Party Cambio Radical, which is at the center of major corruption and para-politics scandals. Like Martínez, the presidential candidate Germán Vargas Lleras and the Cambio Radical party in Parliament have been permanent opponents of the implementation of the Peace Accords.

Enemy of peace, Martínez has represented large landowners in the presentation of bills to legalize the illegal appropriation of vacant land (large tracts of land owned by the State), in clear contradiction with the implementation of the Integral Rural Reform contemplated in the Peace Agreement. In the legislative process of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace -JEP-, together with his Cambio Radical caucus, he tried to destroy it, managing to deform it, among other things, to exclude civilians and state agents committed to financing paramilitarism, from the system.

In his office, there are more than 15,000 documents of cases against financiers and beneficiaries of the paramilitaries without anything being done with them.

The Mexican ‘Narcos’:

About Rafael Caro, it is known that he is a drug dealer who had spent 28 years in jail, where he was sent by the DEA 30 years ago, who persuaded him to collaborate with the CIA in the financing of the “Contra “Anti-Sandinista of Nicaragua with the product of drug trafficking. The famous scandal known as IRAN-CONTRAS happened during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, when the CIA and the DEA created a complicated mechanism through which the profits of the CIA in the export of drugs to the United States, financed the fight against the Sandinista revolution.

In the light of the known information, it is highly probable that Mr. Rafael Caro does not even know about the Santrich case, nor does he have any relationship with them. Everything suggests that his name was used to forge the hoax of the DEA against Santrich, presenting him through his agent -Marlon Marín- as an entrepreneur who wanted to invest in Colombia. And from there, the signing of the poster, and the false meeting with the false emissaries.