Ecuadorean Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Colombian Presidential Candidate Juan Manuel Santos

Juan Manuel Santos.
Juan Manuel Santos.
Former defense minister and current presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos.
Former defense minister and current presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos.

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Top Story — An Ecuadorean court issued an arrest warrant for Colombian presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos that could threaten ties between Colombia and Ecuador, according to current Colombian President Álvaro Uribe.

The arrest warrant stems from Santos’ involvement in a 2008 bombing raid against Colombia’s FARC rebels on the Ecuadorean side of the border. At the time Santos was Colombia’s defense minister and he allegedly oversaw the raid.

“We have made every effort to advance the reestablishment of relations with Ecuador and we will continue doing so, but this decision by the Ecuadorean courts affects that process,” Uribe said, according to the Washington Post.

The border dispute killed 24 people including FARC commander Raúl Reyes, but soon after Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa ruptured ties between the two Andean nations. Tensions have also risen along the Venezuela-Colombia border, where Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has criticized Colombia over a pact allowing U.S. troops greater access to its military bases for anti-narcotics operations.

Santos, who had previously been expected to win Colombia’s May 30 presidential elections, currently sits second in Colombian election polls behind former Bogotá mayor Antanas Mockus.

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