A Colombian judge sentenced a man implicated in the 2018 murder of social leader Temístocles Machado in Buenaventura (southwest) to 23 years in prison, the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office reported this Saturday.
A statement from the prosecuting body detailed that the decision was made by the 2nd Criminal Court of the Buenaventura Circuit, which sentenced “Juan José Mosquera Gómez, alias ‘El profe'” to 23 years in prison.
The evidence provided by the Prosecutor’s Office was so overwhelming that Mosquera “admitted his participation in the events and promised to apologize and express his repentance.”
The Prosecutor’s Office accused Mosquera of the crimes of aggravated homicide in competition with the manufacture, trafficking and carrying of aggravated personal defense weapons. Due to this fact, in an articulated work of the Prosecutor’s Office, seven people have been captured: four material authors of the crime and three determiners.
In addition, three convictions have been obtained: two against determiners and one against one of the material authors. To this is added the fact that another of the determinants is in the investigation stage.
Machado, one of the leaders of the Buenaventura civic strike that lasted for three weeks between May and June 2017, was shot in the parking lot of vehicles that he installed in that city to support his 11 children.
Last Monday, Edis Manuel Caré Pérez, another social leader and who had received death threats, was assassinated in a rural area of the municipality of Riosucio, in the department of Chocó, bordering Panama.
The United Nations has expressed its concern “for the continuity of the killings of human rights defenders, leaders and social leaders and former combatants of the FARC” this year and warned that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has documented 33 massacres in 2020 in Colombia.
Likewise, it is following 97 murders of human rights defenders, of which it has already verified 45.