It is believed that Nelson Patiño Herrera known as “Ocho” or “Julián” was the right-hand man of Ricardo Abel Ayala Urrego, alias Cabuyo, leader of that illegal group.

The Attorney General’s Office prosecuted Nelson Patiño Herrera, alias Ocho or Julián, before a judge, as allegedly responsible for the crime of conspiracy to commit an aggravated crime.

The defendant would be Ricardo Abel Ayala Urrego, alias Cabuyo´s  right-hand man, leader of the 36th Front of the Farc dissidents and who died on June 10, 2022 in a combat with the National Army in Barbosa (Antioquia).

The evidence showed that Patiño Herrera joined the guerrilla as a minor and in 2019 he was sent to Cuba where he allegedly studied medicine. The actions carried out by alias Ocho would indicate that he allegedly played the role of ideologist for the aforementioned guerrilla front.

The investigation shows that the defendant played the role of politician in the criminal organization, and supported the supply of materials for confrontations with the security forces. 

According to information, the 36th Front would be responsible for a series of selective homicides, kidnappings, extortions, the installation of minefields, and attacks against the security forces and the civilian population.

Judicial police work, including identification through photographs and testimonies, made it possible to fully identify Patiño Herrera and arrested him.

The defendant denied his responsibility for the crime and at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office he was sent to a prison.

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 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.