.- After recent investigations including statements by three eye-witnesses, the Colombian Attorney General has named Pablo Catatumbo, Western commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), as the author behind the assassination of Archbishop Isaías Duarte Cansino of Cali, Columbia, which took place on March 16, 2002.
Archbishop Duarte was aware that the FARC wanted to kill him. He shared this with one of his closest collaborators a few days before his death. He expressed his disbelief that after having assisted in the release of Pablo Catatumbo’s sister, Catacumbo now was looking to kill him. “From now on we need to be very careful because this has become a dangerous situation,” the Archbishop said to confidants.
Those close to Archbishop Duarte said that during one of his many interventions for the release of hostages, he met and conversed with Catacumbo, saying afterwards, “I have never seen the devil, but I suppose this man looks like him more than anybody else I know.”