Tribunal charges former FARC members with war crimes

BOGOTA (AFP) – Eight high-ranking members of Colombia’s now-defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerilla movement, including serving politicians, are being charged with war crimes for kidnapping more than 21,000 people during a decades-long civil conflict, a court said on Thursday.

The eight belonged to the secretariat of the FARC, its highest decision-making body, and include Rodrigo Londono, who is now head of the Common People’s Party, the political party that arose from the FARC after the signing of the 2016 peace pact that largely ended more than 50 years of fighting.

Also targetted are Pablo Catatumbo and Julian Gallo, who occupy two of the 10 seats reserved for the militant group-turned-political party under the peace agreement.