Last week, the Colombian government extradited to the United States Álvaro Córdoba, whom the northern country’s judicial system charges with drug trafficking crimes, and was brought there along with five other defendants on a Drug Control Administration (DEA) plane.
“Córdoba is a well-known person who is close to social struggles and has suffered the kind of so-called ‘trap points’ coordinated by prosecutors, the DEA and drug trafficking groups in service of the policies of judicial submission and extradition in the United States,” he told the United States party in a statement.
He stressed that extradition was once again showing its true colors as a tool of political retaliation and a social ghetto.
The extradition treaty between the two countries “is an asymmetrical treaty that does not resolve impunity and once again constitutes an obstacle to the sovereign development of a total peace policy,” he stressed.
The Communist Party opposed this inconvenient measure and expressed confidence that the person concerned would prove his innocence.
“At the same time, we condemn the absolute, permanent, out-of-control interference by the DEA and other US agencies in colonial functions in Colombia, as well as the complicity of the prosecution,” stressed the Central Executive Committee of Political Power.
Álvaro Córdoba was arrested in Medellín on February 3, 2022 after the United States requested his extradition for alleged links to drug trafficking.
The brother of the Historic Compact Senator has maintained that he is innocent of the charges against him and that the evidence provided to the United States was unlawful.
“I have never dealt in weapons or drugs, I have not belonged to any insurgent group like my family, we have not made a living from drug trafficking because we are not drug dealers,” he said in an interview with a local radio station before the extradition.
The United States and Colombia signed an extradition treaty in the 1980s, at the height of the cartels, the process of which involves a formal request from Washington to be approved by the Supreme Court and then signed by the nation’s president.