Colombian police detained alias “Roberto” on Sunday, August 5, accused of being the alleged kidnapper of the three members of the newspaper team of the newspaper El Comercio subsequently murdered by dissident FARC.
“Attention. The Gaula (Unified Action Groups for Personal Freedom) of the Police captured in the village of La Guayacana, in the department of Nariño, alias ‘Roberto’, of Ecuadorian citizenship and allegedly accused of kidnapping El Comercio’s journalistic team, “said the Ministry of Defense of Colombia on Twitter.
According to intelligence information, the detainee “would have intercepted the three members of the journalism team in Mataje, Ecuador, and by trickery would have taken them to Colombian territory.”
#Atención @GaulaPolicia en vereda #LaGuayacana #Nariño capturó a alias #Roberto, de ciudadanía ecuatoriana y señalado presuntamente de secuestrar al equipo periodístico de @elcomerciocom— Mindefensa (@mindefensa) 5 de agosto de 2018
CC @PoliciaColombia @infopresidencia
After hearing the news, the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, congratulated the Gaula agents for the hard blow dealt to the illegal armed groups.
The ministry added that during the operation was also captured alias “Otto”, ringleader of the network of support for terrorism in the sector of La Guayacana front Oliver Sinisterra, the dissidence of the former guerrilla of the FARC, led by Walther Patricio Arizala Vernaza, alias “Guacho”.
“Congratulations to the Police Gaula for the capture of alias ‘Roberto’ and alias ‘Otto‘, allegedly responsible for the kidnapping of the El Comercio team and the murder of CTI agents. One by one they are falling. We’re going for ‘Guacho’, “Santos said on Twitter.
Durante la operación de captura de alias #Roberto, presunto secuestrador del equipo periodístico de @elcomerciocom también se capturó a alias #Otto, cabecilla de la red de apoyo al terrorismo de GAO residual #OliverSinisterra en el sector de #LaGuayacana— Mindefensa (@mindefensa) 5 de agosto de 2018
The journalist Javier Ortega, the photographer Paúl Rivas and the driver Efraín Segarra were kidnapped on March 26 in a rural area of the Ecuadorian parish of Mataje, province of Esmeraldas and on the border with Colombia, where at the end of January a car bomb exploded near of the main police station, an attack attributed to the dissidence of the FARC.
Shortly after alias “Guacho” assumed responsibility for the kidnapping and on April 13 the president, Lenin Moreno, confirmed the triple murder. (I)