Clarification of 100% of cases of femicides and significant progress made in crimes that violate the rights of children, adolescents, and women, are the most outstanding aspects

The Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado; the Deputy Attorney General, Martha Janeth Mancera; the delegate Director for Territorial Security, Luisa Fernando Obando Guerrero; and the sectional directors of Boyacá and Cundinamarca, Lizeth Nathalia Franco and Carlos Manuel Silva Vargas, visited several offices of the Prosecutor’s Office in the region and verified the results obtained in the different strategies defined to investigate crimes that affect citizens in these two departments.

  • Cundinamarca

The Prosecutor’s Office obtained important results in the department thanks to the implementation of differential plans to address criminal behavior with the greatest impact. In this way, 100% of the known femicide cases have been resolved, and considerable progress was made in clarifying crimes associated with sexual violence, going from 6.83% in 2021 to 42.81% in 2022.

The investigative work led by the Sectional Office in Cundinamarca allowed a notable reduction in thefts in Madrid (Cundinamarca), which went from 51 cases to 14 in the last month. That is, a reduction of 72%. On the other hand, sexual crimes decreased by 25% from 864 cases in 2021 to 647 in 2022.

The same happens with homicides against women. There was a clarification of 73.91% in the first half of the year, which is 30% more effective than in 2021.

The Prosecutor’s Office is in different municipalities and has acted forcefully against homicide, drug trafficking, and theft, among other behaviors. In this way, it has achieved the prosecution of Orlando Alberto Rojas Bedoya, alias Pecas, allegedly responsible for the murder of the ballet and mathematics teacher Gamaliel Enrique Álvarez García, which occurred in Cajicá (Cundinamarca), on September 27, 2021. In this case, the technical and scientific capacity of CTI was decisive to establish that this person allegedly altered the scene and hid the corpse in a concrete plate.

Another successful case was the arrest of Yadira Alexandra Yépes Sotelo, accused of ordering the crime of a 37-week-pregnant woman whose baby was stolen from her womb, in Soacha (Cundinamarca). 48 hours after the homicide, charges were brought against the woman. Due to the evidence, she agreed to have paid 15 million pesos to another person to attack the victim. For these facts, she was charged with aggravated homicide, torture, and trafficking of children and adolescents.

Likewise, in La Mesa (Cundinamarca), a person allegedly responsible for the femicide of her sentimental partner, which occurred on April 12, was prosecuted. The man admitted that he attacked his partner because she wanted to break up with him.

  • Boyaca

The joint efforts with the National Police and other authorities have made it possible to advance in the clarification of 93.10% of the homicides that occurred in Boyacá, compared to 57% that was registered in 2021; while in homicides of women it reached 100%.

Concerning sexual crimes, 75.27% of the reported incidents have been resolved. Last year, this figure was 14%. On the other hand, in domestic violence, there are judicial results in 72.91% of the cases, 61 percentage points above 2021.

The Sectional Office in Boyacá has impacted organized crime. At the request of the Prosecutor’s Office, 16 alleged members of ‘Los Lagrimas’ and ‘Los Frontera’ received custodial measures for drug trafficking and housebreak offenses in Tunja, Sogamoso, Duitama, Socha, and Paipa.

Finally, two leaders of an illegal network involved in switching cards at ATMs were prosecuted. They are allegedly responsible for more than 30 criminal facts in Boyacá and other departments.

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 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.