Fifteen Guerrilla Members Escape After Drugging The Commanders
By Dialogo February 25, 2009Bogota, February 24th (EFE).- Fifteen rebels of Colombia’s National Liberation Army ( ELN) have deserted the Colombian guerrilla group after drugging their commanders with a sleep inducing plant , in a camp located in the jungle of Nariño province (southwest), as reported by the fugitives to the local press. A rebel who identified herself as “Pilar” told the Caracol Radio that they abandoned the National Liberation Army (ELN) the previos week in Barbacoas, a Pacific coastal area located 700 km to the southwest of Bogota. The woman said she and another rebel who goes by the alias of "Pepe" organized the desertion. The guerrilla member explained that they rubbed the leaves of the plant known as "Dormilona" (Sleepyhead) into the beds of the group's leaders, and when they were deep asleep, escaped and walked for two days through the jungle, until they surrendered to the Colombian Army Third Division. "That plant grows in the jungle, and we rubbed it in the commanders’ beds to put them into deep sleep for around eight hours, so that we have a good lead time,” the guerrilla member explained. The fifteen ELN rebels expect to benefit from the government reintegration program, which offers financial, medical, educational and security assistance to the members of illegal armed groups who surrender to the authorities. According to the government statistics revealed last week, some 50,000 members of paramilitar, right-wing groups and leftist guerrilla organizations have demobilized since 2002.