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Colombia ignores Ecuador's arrest warrants

Sept. 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM   |   Comments

BOGOTA, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has rejected six arrest warrants from the Ecuadorian government charging high ranking officials, authorities said.

An Ecuadorian judge has charged six Colombian officers with the alleged murder of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Cmdr. Raul Reyes, along with 25 other members, El Tiempo reported Friday.

Colombian forces bombed an area near the Ecuadorian border where guerrilla Colombian activity is prominent during a cross-border raid in 2008.

Santos said he does not recognize Ecuadorian jurisdiction for the military operation that was ordered by the state.

"Everyone can be absolutely calm, because I will go to jail first before any of them," said Santos.

The Ecuadorian government refrained from charging Santos, who was defense minister at the time, with the same crime.

The judge ordered the capture of the director of the Colombian police force, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, along with five current and former military chiefs.

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