Colombians who have been tried by Colombian law can not be extradited
to stand trial in other countries, the Supreme Court announced
The Court’s refusal to extradite the two FARC guerrillas who were responsible for the guarding of three U.S. hostages led to friction between the U.S. and Colombia’s judicial branch. Both the U.S. and the Colombian Government demanded an explanation why the court had denied the extradition.
The Supreme Court explained its reasoning in the extradition authorization of ‘Doris Adriana’, an alleged FARC guerrilla that’s suspected of being one of the heads of the FARC’s first front and will be tried before U.S. justice.
The Court explains a suspect can be extradited before or even during a trial, but after the trial there are no more posibilities for extradition.
In the earlier verdict of the two FARC guerrillas ‘Gafas’ and ‘César’ the high court ruled they could not be extradited, because their crimes were committed on Colombian territory and therefore fall within Colombian jurisdiction.
For this reason, the Court Wednesday also denied the extradition of FARC member Vladimir Culma Suns, who also was wanted by the U.S.