Before the victims, the ex-FARC will acknowledge their responsibility in kidnappings

From today until June 23 at the Virgilio Barco Library in Bogotá, Rodrigo Londoño, Pablo Catatumbo, Pastor Alape, Milton de Jesús Toncel, Jaime Alberto Parra, Julián Gallo and Rodrigo Granda, the last secretariat of the ex-FARC, will have to pass from the written acknowledgment, which they presented in April 2021, to public acknowledgment of the facts and behaviors that the JEP found when it charged them war crimes and crimes against humanity for the criminal policy of the kidnappings.

The seven appearing members of the extinct FARC guerrilla will appear before the justice system, the victims and the country to acknowledge orders what they gave of kidnap people during the armed conflictas well as for his omission of control of ill-treatment.

The victims They expect the total truth from the members of the extinct guerrilla, as is their commitment to being received before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.

Three patterns cemented the FARC kidnapping policy to finance the armed organization at its different hierarchical levels, force the exchange for imprisoned guerrillas and control the population of the territories, punishing them for various reasons, investigating them for their presumed closeness to the enemies of the guerrillas, or controlling the presence and actions of companies and public officials.

The accredited victims who will intervene in the procedure will have the opportunity to pronounce on what the seven defendants say in their interventions and present their demands for truth. The other accredited victims will be able to observe the procedure and will have 15 working days to submit observations and requests before recognition.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE HEARING

The seven appearing parties may whether or not to make their acknowledgment public responsibility for the alleged acts. In turn, the accredited victims who will intervene in the proceeding will have the opportunity to comment on what the seven defendants say in their interventions and expose their truth claims.

WHAT NEXT AFTER THE HEARING

After the hearing, the Truth Recognition Room has three months to send the resolution of conclusions to the Tribunal for Peace, that will define the sanction to be imposed on the accused. While the period is over, the Chamber will evaluate the acknowledgments of the former Farc secretariat, as well as the proposals for their own sanction presented by the appearing parties and the observations of the victims to these proposals, and their observations on the issues of the Resolution of Conclusions .

In the event that there is no acknowledgment, or regarding the facts that were not acknowledged, the Chamber will forward the processes to the Investigation Unit and accusation (UIA) of the JEP.

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The awards will be evaluated under three dimensions:

Factual: it is sought that the contribution to the truthboth about his individual responsibilityas well as what they know about the facts and configuration of the Criminal policy.

Legal: refers to the recognition of the seriousness of the imputed conduct and that they are not amnestiable.

Restorative: which involves acknowledging the facts, the damage caused and accounting for the will to compensate and not repeat the serious crimes.

If the appearing parties meet the Chamber’s recognition standard and the Chamber determines that they have satisfactorily accepted your responsibility and provided full, exhaustive and detailed truth, their cases will go to the First Instance Section in cases of Recognition of Truth and Responsibility of the Tribunal for Peace, which will adopt the conviction and will impose its own sanctions to which there is room.

These are the only sanctionss that have a restorative and reparative component and involve effective restriction of liberty for those appearing.

If they do not acknowledge responsibility or provide the truth, or do so late, and are defeated in court, the iimputes will be sentenced to the other sanctions imposed by the JEP and that range from 5 to 20 years in prison.

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