In a meeting held in Quito (Ecuador), the Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, provided the Attorney General of Ecuador, Diana Salazar Méndez, with information found on the digital devices of Andrés Felipe Vanegas Londoño, an alleged member of the ELN who died during an operation in Chocó.
This bilateral meeting was coordinated by both Prosecutors after an official communication was sent by the Attorney General of Ecuador on February 4th requesting information about the evidence found.
In this regard, the Office of the Attorney General in Colombia delivered the documents and the evidence obtained within the framework of the Interinstitutional Cooperation Agreement between Public Ministries and General Prosecutors members of the Association of Prosecutors (Asociación Iberoamericana de Ministerios Públicos AIAMP) signed on September 6, 2018.
Elements delivered, among others:
- A field report denominated “Informe investigador de campo” signed by two judicial police officers of Dijín Interpol with a total of 50 pages, dated February 8, 2021, in which an analysis of the information contained in a portable, packed, labeled hard disk with a chain of custody was carried out in compliance with the judicial police orders issued in February of this year.
- A Laboratory report dated February 9, 2021, signed by the computer examiner of Dijín Interpol, with a total of 13 pages.
- USB memory containing 55 files in 2 folders, with a total size of 69.5 MB of information. It is properly packaged, labeled, and with its chain of custody record.
In order to guarantee the preservation of the chain of custody, the two Attorneys General signed a certificate of receipt in which the information and the shared elements are listed.
It is important to note that on October 26, 2020, before the first municipal court (Juzgado Primero Penal Municipal de Garantías Ambulante) in Quibdó, it was legalized the seizure of all electronic devices found during the operation named San Roque, in which alias Uriel died.
likewise, on December 15th, 2020, the second municipal court (Juzgado Segundo Penal Municipal de control de garantías) in Quibdó approved the extraction of information from the electronic devices seized in the aforementioned operation.
In the bilateral meeting, the two prosecutors and their delegations strengthened the judicial cooperation agreements against organized transnational crime to place special emphasis on the scourge of drug trafficking that takes advantage of the common border for its illicit purposes.
At the end of the meeting, the two prosecutors made a joint statement:
“Thank you very much to the Office of the Attorney General in Colombia for accepting the request for information that you gave us today. This exercise is very important in the fight against crime. We are together and this is the way to combat it. Thank you” emphasized the Attorney General of Ecuador, Diana Salazar Méndez.
“For the Office of the Attorney General in Colombia these exercises of judicial cooperation are very important. Today we have consolidated a joint task that is not only limited to this specific case in which information and evidence had been requested but also to all that is related to criminal phenomena that concern the two countries where we are working today as a judicial branch of the public power, within the scope of our work that is carried out in each country” stated the Attorney General Francisco Barbosa.
The Office of the Attorney General makes this information public for reasons of general interest.