The FARC have asked for alias Simon Trinidad and alias Sonia, both currently incarcerated in U.S. prisons, to be released in order to participate in peace talks in Habana.
The request raised red flags for those of us who remember the last peace talks held at El Caguan — when the FARC built up militarily while negotiators gave in to FARC requests in order to build trust and goodwill. In fact, a poll revealed 80 percent of Colombians are against imprisoned FARC members being released from any Colombian or American prison in order to participate in the talks.
An even bigger a red flag is former senator Piedad Cordoba’s statement that Simon Trinidad and Sonia should be included in the dialogues. Cordoba is known to be close to FARC heads.
The question becomes: what is the FARC’s motivation in asking to include Simon Trinidad and Sonia?
The decision to release them rests on the International Criminal Court and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Simon Trinidad is serving a 60-year sentence for conspiracy and kidnapping.
Sonia is serving a 16-year sentence for drug trafficking. She was in charge of finances for the FARC’s Southern Block.