|Birth name||José Juvenal Velandia|
|Born||December 19, 1961|
|Died||March 8, 2008(aged 46)|
|Allegiance||Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia|
José Juvenal Velandia, aka Iván Ríos, aka Manuel Jesús Muñoz Ortiz, (19 December 1961 – 3 March 2008), born in San Francisco, Putumayo, Colombia, was the Head of the Central Bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) and the youngest member of this guerrilla's Central High Command.
Death[edit | edit source]
Ríos was killed by his security chief, Pablo Montoya, on 3 March 2008 in a mountainous area of the western department of Caldas. Colombian military forces were involved in an operation to capture Ríos, when a FARC member named as "Rojas", on 6 March 2008, delivered a severed right hand, a laptop computer and an ID to the troops. "Rojas" claimed that they belonged to Ríos, whom he described as his boss. Pablo Montoya claimed to have killed Ríos three days earlier. Fingerprint results proved that the hand did belong to Ríos, resulting in Colombian authorities going to recover the body.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Vivian Sequera. "Colombia Said to Kill Rebel Leader". http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ju8MocZtEyiY9Qn7bDn-5Tqu2qGwD8V8OLE80. [dead link]
- "José Juvenal Velandia". http://www.segundadivision.mil.co/index.php?idcategoria=90026.
- "DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Additional Designations, Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act". http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-16424.htm.
- "Colombia says rebel leader killed by own chief of security in another blow to guerrillas". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. http://web.archive.org/web/20080529040714/http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/07/america/LA-GEN-Colombia-Rebels.php.
Video[edit | edit source]
- Speech by Ivan Rios, filmed in Villa Nueva Colombia, en español
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