In the Best ‘Sicario’ Tradition: Gang Offering $1 Million Bounty for Colombia’s FARC Rebel Leaders
A criminal gang is offering bounties of $1 million to assassins who kill leaders from Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebel group, a lawyer for the guerrillas said on Tuesday, as the group prepares to take seats in Congress as part of a peace deal.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, fought the government for more than half a century, but handed in its weapons as part of the deal, negotiated during more than four years of talks in Cuba.
“We have knowledge of a criminal organization with resources, which has offered up to $1 million for each person on the FARC secretariat who is murdered,” Spanish lawyer Enrique Santiago told local Caracol Radio, referring to the group’s leadership council.
“These offers come from people who have the economic means to offer not just $1 million, but $9 million, because there are nine secretariat members,” Santiago said, adding that seven ex-FARC members have been slain since April 1. He did not name the criminal group offering the bounties. Reuters