This Wednesday, August 17, the Supreme Court approved his extradition Alvaro Freddy Cordoba Ruiz, Brother of the senator of the historic treaty Bhakti Cordoba. The appeal stipulated that the accused must plead guilty to drug trafficking and other charges as required in the United States.
On February 3, the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Directorate and INTERPOL (TJIN) agents captured Cordoba Ruiz in the El Poblado neighborhood of Medellin, Antioquia. He was arrested in Operation Corral along with Libia Amanda Palacio and Alberto Jaramillo, accused of providing logistical support to the Alias sub-organization. Duarte of sorts and aliases He bites Opponents of the extinct FARC.
On March 23, on behalf of the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York, the US Embassy in Colombia formally requested the extradition of Alvaro Córdoba. From that moment on Supreme Court It studied the case and issued its opinion till today.
In the judgment issued by the Magistrate’s Office Miriam Avila Roldan The charges sought by the defendant in the United States were clarified: “Conspiracy to traffic drugs, firearms and commit a felony”; However, he will be extradited only for the first offense.
“The place of commission of the offenses mentioned in the foreign indictment (agreement to import narcotics) does not translate into inadmissibility,” the High Court said. Behaviors requested by Cordoba Ruiz in the United States “They agreed to distribute the drugs to the country they claim.”
This decision did not follow for other crimes. “On February 24, 2022, the charge sheet no. Counts two and three in 22 CRIM 121 Occurred in Colombian territory”The High Court has explained in its judgment against the charges of smuggling and carrying weapons.
Unlike drug trafficking charges, there is no direct link linking the crimes to a North American country. “As a result, a constitutional situation has been imposed that precludes extradition in connection with these specific criminal acts. The opinion of the court should be unfavorable to these charges”, he added.
Although he will not be extradited to the United States for these crimes, the Supreme Court made it clear that he will face criminal consequences in Colombia: “This does not mean that these illegal behaviors will go unpunished, because it is in the hands of the Colombian state. Appropriate judicial action,” the document said, citing Article 14 of the current criminal code. .
“The Attorney General’s Office, if it does not, To initiate an investigation into the offenses specified in the above foreign indictment. The court pointed out.
After this decision, formal notification to the defendant’s defense attorneys follows. Subsequently, the ruling will reach the office of President Gustavo Pedro, who will authorize through the Ministry of Justice to end the imprisonment of Córdoba.to La Picota prison in Bogotá, should be handed over to America.
This is the full judgment of the Supreme Court, which explains the reasons behind the approval of the extradition: