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Colombia.- Iván Duque announces the arrest of ‘number three’ of the criminal gang ‘Los Pelusos’

03/02/2020 The President of Colombia, Iván Duque POLITICA SOUTH AMERICA COLOMBIA LATIN AMERICA INTERNATIONAL STEFANI REYNOLDS / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO 03/02/2020 The President of Colombia, Iván Duque POLITICA SOUTH AMERICA COLOMBIA LATIN AMERICA INTERNATIONAL STEFANI REYNOLDS / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

MADRID, 17 (EUROPA PRESS)

The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, has announced the arrest in the last hours of Manuel Antonio Díaz Rueda, Alías ‘Milton’, third leader of the criminal gang ‘Los Pelusos’ in an operation of the National Police.

“It is one of the most important blows that have been given to this structure. This subject, who was captured in the city of Cúcuta, was carrying an assault rifle, had weapons that represent a threat and that also constitutes the crime and illegal possession of arms, “Duque highlighted, according to the Caracol Radio station.

‘Milton’ “has been behind the murder of social leaders and threatening the community in Catatumbo.” “The murder of people in the process of reincorporation has also been pointed out,” he indicated.

For his part, the deputy director of the National Police, General Hoover Penilla, has indicated the detainee had been committing crimes for 17 years. “His capture at this time represents the breakdown of this structure in a large part of its military structure and its ability to disturb the tranquility of this sector of the country,” he explained.

In addition, Duque has announced that he has sent a letter to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, to request the expansion of the Agency’s Verification Mission in Colombia to monitor and verify the application of sanctions by the Special Jurisdiction. of Peace (JEP) established by virtue of the peace agreement reached with the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016.

Finally, Duque has referred to the death threats made against the eleven-year-old environmental activist Francisco Vera Manzanares and has urged the authorities to quickly find those responsible for the intimidation.

“Today all the structure we have to make this traceability, when acts of threat and violence occur. Put it to work, General Hoover Penilla, with the team of our DIPOL judicial police. We are going to find those bandits who threatened to that child “, has raised.