FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, rebel commander and peace negotiator Seuxis Hernandez, alias Jesus Santrich, flashes a victory hand signal at the end of a press conference in Bogota, Colombia. The Special Peace Tribunal investigating crimes during the country’s long civil conflict announced Wednesday, May 15, 2019, that Hernandez, should not be extradited to the United States on a drug warrant. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Ex-Rebel hospitalized in Colombia day after polemical arrest

May 18, 2019 - 1:33 pm

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian rebel leader has been hospitalized with signs of altered consciousness a day after being freed from jail and then rearrested in a highly-politicized drug case that has strained relations with the U.S.

Authorities said Saturday that Seuxis Hernández also had wounds on his arms that were earlier described as self-inflicted lacerations. He is in stable condition.

A tribunal investigating war crimes during Colombia's decades-long conflict ruled Wednesday that the former peace negotiator best known by his alias Jesús Santrich should not be extradited to the United States on drug charges.

But as soon as he was released Friday he was rearrested as part of a new Colombian investigation based on evidence provided in the past 48 hours from U.S. authorities.

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