BOGOTA (Reuters) – A fugitive lawmaker and former FARC rebel commander sought by U.S. and Colombian authorities may have fled to Venezuela, Colombia’s president said on Thursday, threatening to denounce any country that protects him.
President Ivan Duque said his government was looking into whether Seuxis Paucias Hernandez – known in Colombia as “Jesus Santrich” – fled to Venezuela after ditching his bodyguards at a reintegration camp for former rebels near the countries’ shared border on June 30.
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Duque’s government has offered a reward of up to 3 billion pesos ($935,000) for information leading to his capture.
“Could he be in Venezuela? That’s a real probability, because it’s close to the area he fled from,” Duque was quoted telling a radio station in a statement from his office.
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“No country can protect him,” Duque added. “And if there is any country protecting him, we’re going to denounce it internationally.”
Venezuela’s information ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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If Hernandez did flee to Venezuela, it would likely further fuel hostilities between the two South American countries that earlier this year led Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro...
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