Panama Delivers Three FARC Guerrillas to U.S. Authorities

By Dialogo
April 18, 2009

Panama, April 17 (EFE) - Today Panama surrendered three Colombian FARC guerrillas that had been held in that country to United States judicial authorities so they may be tried for crimes against collective security, the Foreign Ministry reported. Those being extradited are: Jorge Abel Ibarguen Palacio, Alexis Mosquera Rentería, and Yarley Bañol Ramos, who were arrested in February 2008 near the Panamanian town of Jaque, which is on the Pacific coast and shares a border with Colombia. According to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, the delivery was made through a "simple and conditioned" process by which "those gentlemen will return to Panama and continue under the orders of national authorities, once the procedure in the United States is completed." The guerrillas, identified at their arrest as members of the Front 57 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), were accused in Panama of attempted murder, attacks on state security, and carrying war weapons. The report also states that they are accused of drug trafficking, an offense for which they are required to stand trial in the U.S., foreign minister Samuel Lewis told the press. The same charges have also been brought against the Colombian guerrillas Juan Becheche, José Ibarguen, and Antonio Córdoba, who remain under arrest in the capital. These six guerrillas were arrested in February 2008 after a confrontation with Panamanian police forces in the Pacific Ocean while attempting to capture a patrol boat that was helping them in the high seas.