With this judicial action, it was achieved the 81% of clarification of homicides of women in the department

In Cúcuta (Norte de Santander), the Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Martha Janeth Mancera; the delegate against Organized Crime, Javier García Trochez; and the director of the sectional Office in Norte de Santander, Daniel Alexander Tapias Ocampo, revealed that the investigations carried out by the institution made it possible to reveal systematic actions committed by organized crime structures against women in Norte de Santander.

The evidence allowed the Prosecutor’s Office to obtain arrest warrants against the top leaders of the Farc dissents (33rd front) and the ELN, as allegedly responsible for the murder of eight women in different facts that occurred between April and November of 2021.

Six of the violent deaths are attributed to dissents. In this sense, the legal requests are related to: Javier Alonso Veloza, alias Jhon Mechas; Martin Leonel Pérez Castro, alias Richard; and Willington Henao Gutiérrez, alias Mocho Olmedo. On the other hand, the ELN would be involved in two murders; and therefore the arrest warrant is related to José Aquiles Martínez Portillo, alias Arbey, head of the so-called Juan Fernando Porras Martínez front.

In this way, the Prosecutor’s Office moves forward with determination in clarifying cases such as the crime of the sectional prosecutor Esperanza Navas Sánchez, which occurred on June 9, 2021, in Tibú (Norte de Santander). The forensic analysis and the evidence show that the dissidents of the 33rd FARC´s front ordered her death in retaliation for the judicial actions against the criminal structure.

With the issuance of these arrest warrants, 81% progress was achieved in clarifying homicides against women in this department.

The Office of the Attorney General makes this information public for reasons of general interest.

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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.