The brutal killing of two boys accused of shoplifting in Colombia has reignited fears of militant violence within the nation 5 years after a peace deal between the federal government and revolutionary group FARC.
The boys, aged 12 and 18, have been seen in movies posted on-line sure by the wrists after being detained by civilians within the distant city of Tibu, close to the border with Venezuela.
They have been taken away by armed males on bikes and have been discovered lifeless by the aspect of the street in a while Friday, 8 October, in line with native experiences. Video from the scene confirmed the youngest shot within the head with an indication round his neck saying “thieves”.
The area’s police commander in Norte de Santander, Colonel Carlos Martínez, blamed the now-defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and supplied a reward of 100 million pesos, or about $27,000 USD, for his or her seize, in line with El Pais.
In an interview with Caracol Radio, Mr Martinez ordered the arrest of three locals he mentioned have been complicit within the execution of the boys, who’re believed to be from Venezuela.
“[They took] justice in their very own palms,” Mr Martinez reportedly mentioned. “That’s what the authorities are for.”
The civilians have denied any involvement, saying they known as authorities a number of instances however that they by no means arrived. In accordance with experiences of video, the armed civilian males mentioned they might hand the youngsters over to authorities.
Colombia’s ombudsman has launched an investigation, whereas Venezuela’s prosecutor common Tarek William Saab wrote an official request to Colombia’s authorities demanding solutions within the homicide of two obvious Venezuelan residents.
Colombia president Iván Duque Márquez, at the moment in Washington DC on an official go to, mentioned the federal government had continued to conflict with armed forces within the area.
“The sort of state of affairs hurts lots and extra on the subject of such fratricidal acts, the forcefulness of the general public power will stay in that space of the nation,” he mentioned
Colombian workplace of the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the double murder.
“We urge the authorities to analyze these occasions. We name for respect for the life and safety of kids,” they mentioned in a press release.