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Cablegate: Guidance On Asylum Case of Farc Terrorist

R 241959Z AUG 06
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY BRASILIA
INFO AMEMBASSY BOGOTA
AMCONSUL RECIFE
AMCONSUL RIO DE JANEIRO
AMCONSUL SAO PAULO

C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 139878


E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/20/2016
TAGS: MARR PGOV PREL PTER BR CO
SUBJECT: GUIDANCE ON ASYLUM CASE OF FARC TERRORIST

REF: A) BRASILIA 1511 B) BRASILIA 1613

Classified By: WHA/FO DOUG BARNES FOR REASONS 1.5 b and d

1. (U) This is an action request. Please see para 3.

2. (C) Department understands the Colombian government has
approached the GOB regarding the July 14 decision by the
Brazilian National Committee on Refugees (CONARE) to grant
political asylum to Francisco Antonio Cadena Collazos (ref
B). The Department shares Post's and the GOC's concerns
regarding CONARE's actions and the likely ratification of
CONARE's decision by the Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal
(STF). Despite GOB claims it cannot interfere with the
judicial process surrounding Cadena's asylum claim,
Department agrees it is important to request more
information, express our concern, and reinforce the message
by the Colombians that the decision should be reversed.

3. (U) Post is requested to approach the GOB at the
appropriate level to raise USG concern on the issue. Post may
draw on the below talking points:

-- We are concerned about the July 14 decision by CONARE
to grant political asylum to suspected FARC terrorist
Francisco Antonio Cadena Collazos. We understand it is
likely the STF will shortly rule on the CONARE decision.

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-- As you are aware, Cadena is wanted in Colombia on charges
of murder for terrorist purposes, extortion, and terrorism.
In these circumstances, we find it surprising Brazil would
offer political asylum to Cadena.

-- We would appreciate further information regarding the
basis for the decision and how it can be reconciled with the
GOB's obligation to deny safe haven to terrorists and to
bring to justice (e.g., extradite or prosecute) terrorists
found in their territory. This obligatin is consistent with
Security Council resolution 1373, which calls on states
ensure that those who commit or support terrorist acts are
brought to justice.

-- We strongly urge the GOB to ensure the STF's review of the
CONARE decision is fair and takes into account the above
considerations.

-- We also urge you to engage further with the Colombian
government on this issue.


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