Alleged Paramilitary Sought by Ecuador Detained in Colombia

By Dialogo
May 04, 2010

Colombian authorities have detained alleged Colombian paramilitary Henry Gil Ayerve, sought for extradition by Ecuador on charges related to the murders of leftist legislator Jaime Hurtado and two companions in Quito in 1999, the police announced Sunday. Gil Ayerve, also charged with drug trafficking and with escape from prison, was detained Saturday in the city of Cali (450 km southwest of Bogotá), the spokesperson for the police in the region, Col. Argemiro Castrillón, told the press. “This individual is the subject of a ‘red notice’ from Interpol, which agency issued the arrest warrant for purposes of extradition that we are putting into effect,” Castrillón indicated. Gil Ayerve, forty years old, was captured in a commercial establishment in Cali, according to the official. The Ecuadorean attorney-general’s office requested Gil’s extradition on charges of involvement in the murders of Hurtado and two companions on 17 February 1999 in Quito, law-enforcement sources in both countries indicated. Hurtado was shot and killed near the Palace of Justice in Quito, in an act that shook Ecuador at the time.