DEA snitch sought to derail Colombia’s peace process from the start

Marlon Marin

Colombia’s prosecution and an informant who would later falsely accuse a former rebel leader of drug trafficking for the DEA reportedly sought to derail the peace process since the beginning.

According to news website La Nueva Prensa, leaked recordings reveal that Marlon Marin was working for the prosecution before conspiring with the American counternarcotics agency.

The failed conspiracies led Colombia’s war crimes tribunal to order investigations into former Prosecutor General Nestor Humberto Martinez and multiple DEA agents in May 2019.

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Prosecution sought to entrap list of pro-peace politicians

The prosecution and Marin, a nephew of the FARC‘s former political chief “Ivan Marquez,” conspired to link multiple  politicians and officials who supported the peace process to bogus criminal investigations, an anonymous prosecutor told La Nueva Prensa.

Sources within the Supreme Court said that Marin, who is currently detained in the US, was using prepared scripts in what appears to be a coordinated attempt to derail the peace process.

According to the website, evidence indicates that Marquez’s nephew was already working with the prosecution before February 2017 when he was recorded conspiring to launder money with US citizen Vincent Schifano, which justified the involvement of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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The prosecution’s hit list

The DEA would later conspire with Marin to entrap Marquez and former FARC ideologue “Jesus Santrich,” but the prosecution sought to discredit a large number of officials, including former Vice-President Oscar Naranjo, the more than 20,000 leaked recordings reportedly show.

While Marin and prosecution officials were trying to involve government officials and politicians in fictitious criminal conspiracies, Martinez was wiretapping FARC leaders and politicians, including former President Juan Manuel Santos, who had signed a peace agreement with the former guerrillas in November 2016.

Prosecution targets

  • Vice-President Oscar Naranjo
  • Presidential Post-Conflict advisor Rafael Pardo
  • Senator Armando Benedetti (U Party)
  • FARC reintegration coordinator “Pastor Alape”
  • Former Senator Piedad Cordoba (Liberal Party)
  • Meta Governor Alan Jara (Liberal Party)

The apparent idea was to link pro-peace politician and government officials to fictitious corruption scandals, but “they were of no use,” a prosecution source told La Nueva Prensa.

Like the DEA plot to link Santrich to drug trafficking, none of the prosecution conspiracies materialized and the evidence of the evidently criminal conspiracies were hidden.

This fell apart last month when initially newspaper El Espectador and later opposition Senator Gustavo Petro obtained the recordings proving the conspiracies that all but destroyed the peace process.

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