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Mexico arrests, deports prominent FARC rebel

posted by Adriaan Alsema

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Interpol officials in Mexico arrested and deported a prominent FARC guerrilla who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Colombia for drug trafficking.

According to Colombia’s National Police, Carlos Ariel Charry Guzman, alias “Carlos,” was wanted for extradition after being released from a Mexican prison where he had served an 11-year sentence, also for drug trafficking.

Carlos became known in Colombia in 1999 as the personal medic for FARC’s leaders at the time the guerrilla group was holding peace talks with the government, in a demilitarized zone in the south of the country.

According to Colombian authorities, during the 1990s the FARC medic was the guerrillas’ contact with the late Amado Carrillo, who led the Mexican Juarez Cartel until his death in 1997.

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