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Cablegate: Farc Spokesman Arrested in Brazil

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.



E.O. 12958: N/A


1. On August 24, Brazilian Federal Police, in cooperation
with Interpol agents in Brazil, arrested Colombian
Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) "spokesman" Francisco
Antonio CADENAS at a Sao Paulo bus station under an
international order for his capture. The Colombian
government has accused Cadenas of maintaining links with the
FARC, "practicing homicidal terrorism," and inciting
rebellions. Cadenas is being held at the Federal Police
Regional Headquarters in Sao Paulo under the authority of the
Brazilian Supreme Court (STF). The STF will make a decision
on Cadenas' extradition after a formal request from the
Colombian Government is received. (Note: Cadenas is also
known as Francisco Antonio COLLAZZOS, Oliveirio MEDINA,
Camilo LOPEZ, and "El Cura." End Note)

2. Cadenas, a former Catholic Priest and FARC "Ambassador to
Brazil, Argentina, and Chile," is known in the region for his
ties to leftist paramilitary groups. In March 2005,
Brazilian weekly news magazine "VEJA" accused Cadenas of
creating a plan to funnel US$ 5 million to Worker's Party
(PT) representatives in support of President Lula da Silva's
2002 presidential campaign (reftel). In 2000, Cadenas was
detained in Brazil for using fake documents and an expired


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