Officers from the Attorney General office escort former FARC rebel leader Seuxis Hernandez 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 – A top Colombian rebel peace negotiator has been freed from detention for a second time in connection with a highly politicized drug case.
A lawyer for Seuxis Hernandez confirmed Thursday's release after the Supreme Court ordered his immediate liberation.
The court ruled that because he is a legislator, the Supreme Court itself that should handle the case.
The magistrates ordered him released while the accusations are evaluated.
The rebel leader best known by his alias Jesus Santrich is accused of conspiring to ship 10 tons of cocaine to the United States.
Colombia's special peace tribunal ruled earlier that Santrich should not be extradited. He was released but detained again as part of a new investigation based on additional information provided by U.S. authorities