Colombian Police Arrests Guerrilla Members

By Dialogo
August 23, 2012

On Aug. 21, the Colombian Police Director, General José Roberto León, reported the capture of several suspected members of the guerrilla groups’ FARC and ELN in different operations over the weekend.

Among those arrested was Héctor González, alias “Elías Alzate’‘, who is accused of rebellion and terrorism. In his remarks, General León said Elías Alzate is “the biggest extortionist” in the Eastern bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

According to León, this man is also responsible for at least 12 attacks against companies in Bogotá and Villavicencio (south) that had refused to pay bribes.

The police chief said that in addition to this arrest, during the last few hours, in the Arauca Department (east) authorities detained seven members of the National Liberation Army (ELN), responsible for the recent kidnapping of a journalist and an environmental engineer employed at an oil company. Both women were released after 19 days of abduction.

In the Chocó Department (northwest), 10 members of the 34th Front of the FARC accused of multiple murders were arrested, while two other rebel leaders of the organization were detained in Tolima and Arauca, General León said.