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Sigifredo López Tobón

Sigifredo López Tobón is a Colombian lawyer and politician. Whilst working as a deputy in the administrative department of Valle del Cauca, he was kidnapped and held captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (las FARC) in 2002. He survived the massacre of eleven of his fellow deputies in 2007.

Five years later, López was accused of the murder of his eleven companions in captivity. The witnesses were ex-members of las FARC and despite the fact that during the investigation their testimonies were full of contradictions, Lopez was in jail during the whole process. He was later released with no charges and those that falsely testified against him are being prosecuted. In total, Lopez was in prison for three months for a crime he did not commit.

Timeline of events

1981-1985: Lopez studies law at the Universidad de Santiago de Cali, where he becomes an expert on Public Law.

April 11, 2002: Whilst working as a deputy in the administrative department of Valle del Cauca, he is kidnapped and held captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (las FARC)

April 11, 2002 - February 2, 2009: Lopez is held captive by las FARC’

June 18, 2007: Lopez survives the massacre of eleven of his fellow deputies

February 5, 2009: Lopez is released

May 16, 2012: López is captured in Cali and accused by the General Attorney Office of the murder of his eleven companions in captivity. He is also accused of having provided information to las FARC on how to break into the regional assembly building and abduct the deputies The General Attorney Office begins its investigation after La Revista Semana, one of the most important newspapers in Colombia, makes it public that several witnesses have confirmed the participation of Sigifredo in the kidnapping.

The witnesses were ex-members of las FARC and although their testimonies were shown to be full of contradictions Sigifredo remains in jail during the whole process

August 14, 2012: López is released with no charges when the General Attorney Office recognises that the testimonies against him are false. On that same day the Office of the General Attorney offers an apology to Sigifredo López for the deprivation of liberty to which he was unjustifiably subjected to September 2013: the Attorney General imputes charges to five people who allegedly lied to justice officials during the criminal investigation against Sigifredo López Tobón. These people are charged with the crimes of perjury and fraud litigation.

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