Colombian Army Captures Individual Close to FARC’s “Mono Jojoy”
By Dialogo June 15, 2009Bogotá, June 11 (EFE). - The Colombian Army captured “Martín Cuero,” a member of the FARC guerrilla organization who is very close to rebel leader Jorge Briceño Suárez, aka "Mono Jojoy," official sources reported today. According to a press release from “Casa de Nariño,” the presidency headquarters, the arrest of "Martín Cuero," a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), took place in Calarcá (Quindío) in a joint effort between the Army and the Colombian public prosecutor’s office. According to the authorities, the rebel had been tasked with organizing and implementing a mobility corridor between Buenaventura (south), the Coffee-Growers’ Axis (center-west), Meta, and Caquetá (south), to market cocaine. He is also accused of coordinating business with the drug cartels of the Orinoquia area, the Pacific Coast, and the Coffee-Growers’ Axis. In addition, he is accused of participating in the battles between the Colombian Army and the FARC in Casa Verde, municipality of La Uribe (Meta), in 1990, as well as the assaults on the towns of El Billar (Caquetá) in 1998 and Puerto Rico (Meta) in 1999. The prisoner had an arrest warrant for homicide, terrorism, forced displacement, and rebellion.