The brother of Colombian former Inspector General Edgardo Maya was arrested for his alleged responsibility for the murder of two unionists working for multinational coal company Drummond.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, Jaime Blanco Maya has to respond to allegations that he ordered the murder of labor rights activists Valmore Locarno Rodriguez and Víctor Hugo Orcasita Amaya in the northern Cesar department in 2001.
Maya was arrested following an “order by a human rights and international humanitarian law prosecutor who is investigating him as supposed principal of conspiracy and aggrevated murder,” said the PG’s Office in a press release.
The president and vice president of Sintramienergetica, a union representing workers at Drummond, were killed by paramilitary forces on March 12, 2001. A local paramilitary leader has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for his part in the double homicide.