Former head of a paramilitary organization Salvatore Mancuso made a
preliminary deal with U.S. justice guaranteeing him that he will not spend
more than 30 years in prison, his lawyers say.
According to his defense, the former leader of the Catacumbo Bloc, extradited to the U.S. on May 12 this year, accepted charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy to smuggle narcotics into the North American country.
The plea bargain includes Mancuso’s continuous cooperation with the Colombian Justice in the Justice and Peace process, which means he will have to confess his crimes and pay compensation to his victims.
Mancuso asked the International Criminal Court to be present in his sessions with the Colombian Justice to supervise the process.
Earlier confessions of the former AUC head already led to numerous arrests of politicians in Colombia who had collaborated with the right wing warlord to seek political gain.