Colombian guerrillas seek refuge in Panama
PANAMA. Four people, one woman and three men, claiming to be members of a Colombian armed forces group, surrendered to the Panamanian N...
PANAMA. Four people, one woman and three men, claiming to be members of a Colombian armed forces group, surrendered to the Panamanian National Borders Service in Jaque, Darien (bordering Colombia) on Tuesday.
The four armed trespassers confessed their intention to demobilize, providing information on the location of combat units, which were later seized by the border patrol.
The alleged guerrilla members were transported to Panama City and taken to the Directive of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) for interrogation.
The state’s Communication Secretary, Erich Rodriguez Auerbach, said that the government will attend to the situation according to the law and will take measures according to the country’s best interest.
This is the first story of its kind, where alleged Colombian guerrilla members surrender to Panamanian police forces, and it comes at a time when many experts consider the Colombian Armed Revolutionary Forces (FARC) strength to be diminishing, especially after the death of its founder, Manuel Marulanda Vélez on March 2008.
There have been frequent testimonies of inhabitants of the border area with Colombia who speak of guerrilla incursions.
Last February, Panamanian police stopped six FARC members travelling on a boat close to the country’s coast.