CARACAS, Monday December 07, 2009 | Update
A Colombian judge issued an arrest warrant against the Venezuelan deputy Amílcar Figueroa, under the charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, fund terrorism and training of illegal groups, for allegedly supporting a terrorist organization.
This is the first move against a foreign citizen investigated for his alleged ties with the FARC. On Thursday, at the request of an Anti-Terrorism Unit attorney, a Colombian judge issued an arrest warrant against Figueroa, reported the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo in Bogotá. The newspaper confirmed that the decision was notified to Interpol.
Figueroa, a left-leaning leader close to President Chávez, and alternate president of the Latin American Parliament was in Panama last week, where he was detained for several hours due to an arrest warrant issued in 1989.
10:07 AM. DIPLOMACY. Admired by the Colombian guerrilla after his coup attempt in 1992, the then lieutenant colonel Hugo Chávez Frías received financial support by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) for his projects after his capture that year. This mostly explains the relationship and "debt" between the parties, as revealed by a paper of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of the United Kingdom.