.- About 5,000 individuals involved in organized crime in Colombia have expressed a willingness to turn themselves in to police. They have asked for the assistance of the Church to do so.
âThere are some 5,000 individuals, and this requires some logistics. The government needs to assure them that certain rights are going to be respected: where this will take place, who will take custody of them, where they will be going once they surrender,â Bishop Julio Cesar Vidal of Monteria, Colombia said.
Bishop Vidal noted that the persons in question are not interested in negotiations but rather that the Church finds a way for them to discuss surrendering.
According to EFE news agency, among the large group wanting to surrender to authorities are two of Colombiaâs most wanted men who have been key leaders of the drug cartel, Javier Antonio Calle and Maximiliano Bonilla.
âMany of these individuals have told me they know that people wonât believe there are so many, but that their surrender would be great news and a surprise for the world, although they acknowledge that âthis is not easy.â They say, âWe are at war but we are working toward our goal of surrenderingâ,â Bishop Vidal said.