By Colombia Reports | Sep 17, 2015
A national peace prize winner and indigenous leader of a reserve in southern Colombia was arrested for kidnapping an army officer in 2008, striking tensions between indigenous and the state.
Feliciano Valencia was arrested on Tuesday by the The Technical Body of Investigation (CTI) branch of the Prosecutor General’s Office for kidnapping and physically abusing Jairo Danilo Chaparral Santiago a corporal in Colombia’s military, during an indigenous protest in 2008.
According to Semana weekly, Valencia was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
“The evidence collected by the prosecution has established the indigenous leader as responsible for the case. Subjects with covered faces holding batons and machetes, accosted the third corporal of the army, Jairo Danilo Chaparral Santiago, and forced him in to a van. In the presence of 400 indigenous people, they…
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