Five people were prosecuted for allegedly causing damage to commercial establishments, public areas and institutions during the violent demonstrations in Medellín and Bajo Cauca
The Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, announced in the city of Medellín the results of the new legal actions in regard to the criminal acts committed within the framework of violent demonstrations that took place in the department of Antioquia.
Thanks to a joint work with the National Police, a prison sentence was obtained against five people who apparently were part of the so-called Primera Linea (front line) in this area of the country. The defendants are accused of being the alleged perpetrators of acts of vandalism during the protests in Medellín and Bajo Cauca.
Juan David Duque Piedrahita, alias El Demonio, Andrés Felipe Restrepo Ospina, alias Pipe; and Juan Fernando Torres Becerra, alias the Narrador, were charged with terrorism and aggravated instigation to commit crime.
According to the investigation carried out by a group of prosecutors appointed to the Special Unit in Medellin, the three people allegedly participated in acts of vandalism of commercial establishments, public areas and institutions, attacks against civilians and the public force during the demonstrations on April 28 in different parts of the main city of Antioquia.
‘El Narrador’ allegedly participated in the attack to the facilities of the Personeria in Medellín, in the sector known as Bosque, damages to the infrastructure in the roundabout Glorieta de Niquía in Bello, the sector of the stadium in Medellín, Parque Norte and La Alpujarra.
He would also be the person responsible for making the live streaming on social networks, in which he allegedly instigated such acts, and showed the moments when the Police authorities were violently attacked.
In another fact that took place the same day, ‘El Demonio’ and ‘Pipe’, allegedly entered the facilities of a bank in the sector known as Guayaquil in a violent manner, breaking the glass with sticks, stones, and other items. In addition, they allegedly burned some offices which forced the employees to protect themselves in a shielded place of the bank.
The decision was appealed by the defendants’ defense lawyer; however, they must remain in prison while the appeal is determined.
For their part, Luis Armando Montiel Fernández, alias Lucho; and Jefferson Serna Andrade, alias Serna, who allegedly participated in criminal conducts on May 22 in the municipality of Caucasia (Antioquia), were sentenced to prison. There, some roads were blocked, and public and private assets were vandalized.
Apparently, during these actions, 15 members of the National Police were injured with homemade explosives ‘Molotov’ and other incendiary devices. The Office of the Attorney General charged them with the use or launch of dangerous substances or objects and possession of dangerous objects.
The Office of the Attorney General and the National Police achieved the arrest and prosecution of the alleged perpetrators after their identification with videos, photographs, sworn statements, and interceptions.
When we speak, results follow.
The information contained in this press release corresponds to the narration of the objective news provided by the officials in charge of carrying out the criminal investigations within the Office of the Attorney General. By the time this communication is disclosed, the legal status of the people mentioned is still pending to be resolved by the competent judicial authority, always under the presumption of innocence contemplated by Article 29 of the Political Constitution and Article 7 of Law 906 of 2004.