6. When did you first come into contact with Jesus Santrich? Was it before, during or after 2003, when he was implicated through material evidence before a U.S. court in an international conspiracy to traffic drugs and finance terrorist activities against the citizens of Colombia?
For U.S. authorities, this question in the October 22 letter from former Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL) to Colombian Senator Iván Cepeda is a critical one. It boils down to an important year: 2003, the same year Cepeda returned to Colombia after exiling in France and launched his NGO, called Movice.
In the superseding indictments issued by the U.S. Southern District of New York against FARC commander and close Cepeda ally Jesus Santrich, he was charged with participation in a narco-terrorism conspiracy on behalf of the FARC with the Cartel de los Soles. The indictment indicates that a U.S. federal grand jury was shown material evidence of the following:
“Between at least in or about 1999, up to and including in or about 2020, the FARC became one of the largest producers of cocaine in the world. The FARC has also directed violent acts against United States persons and property in foreign jurisdictions, including, but not limited to, Colombia. For example, the FARC leadership ordered FARC members to kidnap and murder United States citizens and to attack United States interests in order to dissuade the United States from continuing its efforts to fumigate FARC coca fields and disrupt the FARC’s manufacturing and distribution of cocaine and cocaine paste. Consistent with these activities, in or about 1997, the United States Department of State designated the FARC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The FARC remains so designated as of the filing of this Superseding Indictment.”
As a key element to this conspiracy, the American grand jury was also shown material evidence that “in or about 2003, an associate of the FARC and the Cartel de Los Soles paid SEUXIS PAUCIS HERNANDEZ SOLARTE, a/k/a “Jesus Santrich,” the defendant, $300,000 to help establish a FARC camp near Apure, Venezuela where the FARC could process cocaine.”
In short, U.S. federal prosecutors who are pursuing Cepeda’s close ally have evidence that Santrich was engaged in a violent criminal conspiracy against the United States in 2003, and is still engaged in it today. Just watch the video and look at the photos of Jesus Santrich in the Venezuelan jungle vowing the violent overthrow of Colombia’s democratic government and there is proof enough of ongoing crimes.
So it’s very important for American authorities to know – was Iván Cepeda in contact with Jesus Santrich in 2003, when this $300,000 payment was made to the FARC commander as shown in U.S. grand jury evidence? What were the nature of those contacts between Cepeda and Santrich, if they were ongoing at the time?
The complete answers from Cepeda will go a long way in determining whether he might have been an accessory to this criminal conspiracy against the United States.
A completely innocent man would have no problem publicly answering this question.
Cepeda won’t answer.