Convicted leader of assassin group looks for pardon with help from FARC
The FARC terrorist organization, who has recently reorganized as a political party in Colombia, is seeking a full pardon for convicted killer Alexander Romero, alias Fercho. The pardon would be granted under the terms of the country’s amnesty plan with the FARC terrorist organization due to Fercho’s recent designation by the group as a “Peace Manager”. Romero was convicted in May 2016 and sentenced to 14 years in prison after police claimed that he headed a network of assassins based in Bogotá, Colombia. He was also convicted of transporting firearms.
The amnesty terms of the 2016 Havana Accords are perhaps the most controversial component of the agreement signed between FARC terrorists and the Colombian government. The terms allow for a special tribunal to grant amnesty and a complete pardon to criminals who engaged in war crimes during the five decades long civil war. The pardon also protects criminals from extradition to the United States, as many pardoned and wanted FARC criminals still have outstanding warrants for their arrest in other countries.
The FARC have designated 709 “peace managers”, a designation in name only that allows criminals to be fast tracked through to a full pardon. Critics claim that pardoned felons such as Romero, who has not shown any remorse, will only continue their criminal activity once released from prison. Romero is believed to still be the acting head of the assassin network.