Defense Ministry Offers Reward For Leader Of FARC’s Front 16

By Dialogo
March 14, 2011


In Cumaribo, Vichada, Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera offered a reward of 250 million pesos (approximately 135,000 dollars), for information enabling the neutralization of José Alirio Prada, alias Gochornea, leader of the FARC’s Front 16, a terrorist structure responsible for kidnapping twenty-three employees of a petroleum exploration contractor working in the region.



Rivera, who traveled directly to the operations center from which the pursuit of this terrorist faction is being coordinated, called on the inhabitants of El Vichada, who have been victims of this criminal for years, to denounce him and enable the authorities to determine his location.



The defense minister also called on Prada to demobilize and reintegrate into society:

“For his own part, I call on him to demobilize, as ‘alias Karina’ did in the past, and so be able to contribute to doing the country a service after causing it so much harm. We believe in second chances, and a good part of the success of this policy can be inferred from demobilizations,” Rivera said.



Finally, he affirmed that military operations will continue until they have obtained the liberation of the topographer who remains in the FARC’s power following the release of the other twenty-two employees under pressure from the troops.



“We’re concentrating on two fronts at present: achieving the return to freedom of the topographer who continues to be held and in second place, definitively dismantling this much-reduced FARC structure by neutralizing its leader, ‘alias Gochornea,’” the minister maintained.






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