An investigation began into the “disappearance” of a computer belonging to a notorious FARC guerrilla commander with alleged secret ties to Colombia’s armed forces.
The laptop of FARC commander Henry Castellanos Garzon, alias “Romaña,” was seized in 2010 by Colombia’s military and apparently vanished into thin air while on its way to the Prosecutor General’s Office.
The alleged disappearance is now undergoing a preliminary investigation by the Inspector General’s Office in an attempt to establish any irregularities in the mysterious vanishing of Romaña’s laptop from a military installation, reported newspaper El Espectador.
Although how the laptop was lost, along with the potential extensive evidence it contained, is uncertain, the preliminary investigation will review documentation and question those involved in the computer’s seizure and submission to the Prosecutor General’s Office, hopefully ascertaining who is responsible for breaking the chain of command during the operation, reported Caracol Radio.
According to El Espectador, a group of anonymous army officers has claimed that FARC offered over $100,000 dollars to reclaim the laptop, and that a note of “congratulations” was left in recent months following the loss of the computer. No other information has been provided thus far on the computer’s mysterious disappearance.
However, the laptop’s owner, Romaña, was recently tied to both Mexican drug cartels and Colombia’s army intelligence agency, putting an even more compelling spin on the disappearance of Romaña’s computer.
Romaña is a member of the FARC’s Estado Mayor and controls rebel territories in the Meta, Guaviare, Guania, Cundinamarca and Vichada departments, supposedly obtaining weapons and conducting drug trafficking through connections to Mexican drug cartels via Colombia’s own armed intelligence force.
The FARC commander was assumed killed in a 2010 bombing on a FARC camp that killed the guerrillas’ military commander “Mono Jojoy.” President Juan Manuel Santos later said this was false and the rebel leader was still alilve.