Colombia’s Attorney General Alejandro Ordoñez has been vocal about the outcome of the peace negotiations between the Santos government and the FARC. This week, Ordoñez travelled to Miami, Washington and New York.
Ordoñez told CNN (my translation from Spanish): “I have been clear about various topics. First, the topic of justice. The office of the attorney general considers there cannot be impunity. We all want peace. In Colombia, there are no enemies of peace. One thing is to want peace, and another is to negotiate it, or concede to peace, without any conditions. The office of the attorney general has said yes to peace, we want there to be a successful peace, but not with the absence of imprisonment for those responsible for grave crimes against humanity, for crimes of war, for genocide, for grave human rights violations. They must be punished with imprisonment. Of course, there can be reduced imprisonment, substantially reduced, that is allowed by transitional justice, but what transitional justice does not allow is absolute impunity because we have international obligations, because we have signed the Rome Treaty. .. In our own internal laws, there exists imprisonment — our laws do not admit impunity. The office of the attorney general must forewarn because there are too many signs that the FARC have been requiring impunity.”
Ordoñez also questioned what is the prescribed abandonment of arms?
He questioned documents in which the FARC “would be preserving wealth acquired through drug trafficking, illegal mining, kidnappings and extortion.”
And how will victims be compensated? Ordoñez believes the FARC should compensate victims “with money obtained from illicit activities.”
Ordoñez expressed concern about the government’s proposal to consider drug trafficking a political crime. He said Colombia’s constitutional court has placed limits on what is a political crime, and to re-open the debate is to disregard Colombia’s constitutional court and Colombia’s justice system.
Ordoñez said it was his job to point all this out; and being that it is his responsibility does not mean he is an enemy of peace.
In turn, the FARC compared Ordoñez to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels.
The FARC said Ordoñez “has petty interests, implants hatred and rouses war, which is fuel for perpetuating national bleeding.”