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Fri Aug 11, 2017, 12:36 AM

Bogotas deputy police chief arrested for homicide of senators cousin

written by Adriaan Alsema August 10, 2017

The deputy commander of Bogota‘s police force and 11 other policemen were arrested for the 2013 assassination of a cousin of a prominent leftist senator. One police suspect is still fugitive.

Colonel William Sanchez and 12 of his men will have to respond to charges of first degree homicide and manipulating a crime scene after a judge considered there was enough evidence to try the officials for the murder of Javiar Ocampo Cepeda, the cousin of one of the country’s most prominent senators, Ivan Cepeda.

Bogota’s police department has long claimed that Cepeda was a “criminal” who on August 4, 2013 opened fire at policemen after being stopped for a search.

The prosecution, however, arrested the policemen claiming one of them murdered the victim while the others manipulated the crime scene to fit the official version of events.



Homenaje Al Profesor Francisco Javier Ocampo Cepeda

Profe Pacho

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Ivan Cepeda
written by Piotr Wojciak April 1, 2017

Ivan Cepeda is a Colombian senator, victim representative and one of the country’s most influential moral authorities on the left. His almost personal opposition to former President Alvaro Uribe has made him one of the country’s most polemic political figures.

Cepeda, born in 1962, is the son of Manuel Cepeda Vargas, a congressman of the Patriotic Union who was assassinated in 1994, and Yira Castro, leader of the movements for the rights to housing in the slums of Colombia’s capital Bogota.

The two prominent leftists met in the Communist Youth (JUCO) and worked together for the Marxist magazine “Voz.” Both were vociferous supporters of the Cuban revolution and opponents of liberal dictator Gustavo Rojas who ruled Colombia from 1953 to 1957.

When Ivan was three years-old, his family was forced into exile for openly criticizing the government. They emigrated to Czechoslovakia in 1965. Three years later, following the Prague Spring and the military invasion by the Soviet Union, the Cepedas moved again, this time to Havana, before returning to Colombia in 1970.


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Colombian Human Rights Defender Ivan Cepeda Faces Criminal Charges for Speaking Out on Government-Paramilitary Ties

AUGUST 03, 2007

One of the Colombia’s leading human rights defenders, Ivan Cepeda, has been charged with slander and libel for publicly calling for the mayor of San Onofre to resign for alleged ties to paramilitary groups. Cepeda is the director of the National Movement for Victims of State Crimes, an umbrella organization for more than 200 Colombian human right organizations. In 1996, government forces assassinated his father, Manuel Cepeda, a leading leftist senator in Colombia. Ever since then Ivan Cepeda has worked to expose death squads in Colombia. [includes rush transcript]


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