Bo­gotá, Colom­bia

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Peace deal in jeop­ardy: The Colom­bian rebel group FARC said the his­toric peace deal that ended its five-decade in­sur­gency will crum­ble if one of its lead­ers is ex­tra­dited to the U.S. to face co­caine-traf­fick­ing charges. Colom­bian au­thor­i­ties ar­rested Seuxis Hernán­dez-So­larte, a FARC com­man­der and peace ne­go­tia­tor, this week af­ter a fed­eral court in New York in­dicted him for co­caine pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion. The 2016 peace deal promised im­mu­nity to FARC lead­ers, all of whom were wanted in the U.S. for drug traf­fick­ing, if the group quit the drug trade. The in­dict­ment says Hernán­dez-So­larte has con­tin­ued his co­caine busi­ness. FARC claimed the ar­rest was a “set-up” by the U.S. and Colom­bia “to de­cap­i­tate the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of our party.”


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