, also known as the "Lord of the Sierra", is the leader of the Colombian
paramilitary organization Tayrona Resistance Block
, a 1,166-member armed group, part of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia
. A Colombian court sentenced him to 20 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 20 workers; he was tried in absentia
. He is also suspected in the murder of two narcotics agents and in the killings of Kankuamo
Indians as part of his war against Marxist rebels, and the abduction of Colombian senator Jose Gnecco
On February 2, 2006, he signed a peace deal with the Colombian government and demobilized his armed faction. He is expected to serve a prison time of 5 to 8 years, if he complies with the terms of the agreement. There are also outstanding warrants for his arrest in the United States
for his role in the cocaine
trade, but it expected that part of his peace deal includes an implicit no-extradition pledge, as long as he doesn't violate any of agreement's terms. Hernan is one of the 14 criminals that will be extradited to United States.
- , Associated Press, February 2, 2006.
- , Media Awareness Project, May 21, 2001.