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The Embera leader Jesus Bailarin was kidnapped and tortured by paramilitaries.
Colombia's Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) on Monday reported on the release of Embera Indigenous leader Jesus Bailarin who was kidnapped by Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces (AGC) paramilitaries on Sunday.
The Indigenous leader was kidnapped at 6.00 pm local time 200 meters from the Pavarando River bridge in the Antioquia department. He was subjected to torture for about one hour and forty minutes.
The paramilitaries accused him of being a member of Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC-EP) and National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas. They threatened him to cut out his tongue if he denied the accusations and to kill him if he informed the police or the army over the abduction.
Bailarin's wife denounced the inactivity of Pavarando's police forces, which said they had no orders to begin the search.
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Elivardo Membache of the Embera Dobida peoples recorded this harrowing footage on May 20, 2020 from his community of Catrú