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FARC advised paraguayan guerrillas in kidnapping entrepreneur.

Jailed in Brazil.- Mauricio Hernández Norambuena

In 2001 in Paraguay, the leftist guerrilla group EPP (People´s Army of Paraguay) kidnapped the entrepreneur  Maria Edith Bordon de Debernardi. The kidnapping was the first materialized by the EPP, in order to raise funds.

But the guerrillas did not acted alone, since they would have been advised by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The link between the two groups was the Chilean member of the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front (FPMR), Mauricio Hernández Norambuena, alias “Comandante Ramiro. ”

 He is now being held in Brazil accused for the kidnapping of local businessman Washington Olivetto. “Ramiro”  also was convicted in Chile for the kidnapping of Cristian Edwards and the murder of Jaime Guzmán.

The background on these alleged links were published this week by the paraguayan daily ABC and are based, according to the newspaper, in documents found on the computer of the late FARC commander Raul Reyes, chief of the Colombian guerrillas killed in Ecuador in March 2008.

Bordon was kidnapped on November 16, 2001 and spent 63 days in the hands of his kidnappers, who received a million dollars for her release.

According to data obtained by the newspaper, the Chilean was among those sent by the Colombian FARC to organize, train and advise the Paraguayan rebels and the kidnapping of Cecilia Cubas, who was captured in September 2004 and whose body was found in February 2005.

The data show that “Ramiro” was in Paraguay in 2001, before the first kidnapping, and then went to Brazil to kidnap Olivetto.

The leaked documents also point to Manuel Olate, whose extradition from Chile to Colombia for its possible links with the FARC is now in the Supreme Court. According to this information, the graphic designer and alleged terrorist Olate had worked with Hernandez Norambuena and would have been in charge of strengthening the links between the FARC and the EPP. This version was not confirmed by the prosecution in Chile.