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    View of a banner reading "I Believe in Santrich" during a rally in support of the leader of the FARC party "Jesus Santrich" | Photo: EFE

Published 12 December 2018

This resolves a lawsuit filed by FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo, who said that because Santrich is in prison, his party has been unable to have the full bench to hold office.

The Administrative Tribunal of Cundinamarca, a Colombian department whose capital is Bogota, ruled Wednesday that FARC leader Jesus Santrich should sit in Congress.

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According to the judicial instance, Santrich must occupy his seat in the House of Representatives within 48 hours as part of the Common Revolutionary Alternative Force (FARC) party's bench, while his legal status is being defined.

This resolves a lawsuit filed by FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo, who said that because Santrich is in prison, his party has been unable to have the full bench to hold office.

Santrich has been in prison since April of this year at the request of the U.S. justice system, accusing him of drug trafficking and requesting his extradition.

FARC's leadership has insisted that the former guerrilla commander is innocent and victim of a judicial assembly fabricated by the U.S. anti-drug agency and the Colombian Attorney General's Office to muddy the party's image arising from the former insurgent force.

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