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Colombia high court orders ex-rebel wanted in US freed

May 29, 2019
Former FARC rebel leader Seuxis Hernandez makes a victory sign as he arrives to his court hearing in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, May 20, 2019. The former peace negotiator, also known as Jesus Santrich, was rearrested in a drug case, moments after his release from jail Friday. A special peace tribunal which is trying to protect him from extradition to the U.S. has triggered an institutional crisis and revived the debate on justice for victims of the country's armed conflict. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s Supreme Court has ordered a top rebel peace negotiator freed from jail after he was newly detained in a highly politicized drug case.

Seuxis Hernandez was jailed last year on a U.S. drug warrant but Colombia’s special peace tribunal ordered him released earlier this month.

He was then detained again as part of a new Colombian investigation based on additional information provided by U.S. authorities.

The Supreme Court decided Wednesday the rebel leader best known by his alias Jesus Santrich should be immediately released again.

The judges determined that because Santrich is recognized as a congressman, his case falls under the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction.

The court is asking Colombian authorities to provide it with the case files.

Santrich is accused of conspiring to ship cocaine to the U.S.

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