Colombia is seeking the extradition of former paramilitary leader Salvatore Mancuso from the US. Three INTERPOL Red Notices have been issued in respect of Mr Mancuso who was released from prison in the US in March 2020, having served 12 years of a 15-year sentence for drug trafficking offences. Mr Mancuso was convicted in Colombia of more than 1500 murders but in 2008, was extradited to the US before serving his sentence.
Mr Mancuso is wanted in Colombia in connection with further allegations of murder, torture, forced disappearance and displacement, the taking of hostages and sexual assault as a leader of far right paramilitaries during Colombia’s internal conflict in the 1990s.
In the wake of his release from custody, Mr Mancuso’s legal team has been attempting to arrange his deportation to Italy where he holds dual citizenship. Italy and Colombia do not have an extradition treaty and so Colombian officials fear that if returned to Italy, he will never face justice in Colombia.