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Issue #1925      July 27, 2020

Freedom for Simon Trinidad

On Simon Trinidad’s 70th birthday the solidarity movement around the world come together to demand his release from prison in the United States and repatriation to his homeland in Colombia.

The Colombian political prisoner and former FARC commander has spent sixteen long and unjust years in prison, many of them in solitary confinement.

His arrest in Ecuador in 2004 while trying to make international contact with a UN representative for the humanitarian exchange of prisoners of war made news around the world. He was deported to Colombia where the authorities entreated the United States to extradite him to the US on trumped up charges. Initially the US refused extradition as there were no charges against him in that country, however, at the insistence of the Colombian government, Simon Trinidad was taken from his homeland on 31st December 2004 and taken to the United States.

His defence went through a number of trials which found no case to answer. However, with the helped of paid witnesses he was tried on conspiracy charges to hold three American hostages and sentenced on 28th January 2008 to sixty years in a US prison. He remains at the super-max prison in Florence, Colorado.

During the peace process in Havana between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), he was denied his right to participate in the negotiation talks as part of the FARC Peace delegation.

Today the people of Colombia and supporters around the world demand his release and repatriation to Colombia to contribute to the implementation of the Peace Accords signed by the former guerilla group and the Colombian government.

On humanitarian grounds the solidarity movement rally on his 70th birthday to ask for his freedom.

For more information on the international campaign for freedom of Simon Trinidad

The Communist Party of Australia adds its voice to the international campaign for the release of Simon Trinidad and asks friends and supporters to join this demand.

Dignity is Freedom!

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