Victims’ Movement Reports Man Found
News from Colombia |
on: Monday, 23 January 2012
MOVICE the National Victims’ Movement has reported that Mr Fernando Riascos who was last week reported disappeared after being missing for several months, has been located along with his daughter, thanks to the search mechanisms activated by the pressure of all the groups that broadcast the news.
Mr Riascos disappeared in September following a protest vigil at the Attorney General’s Office in Bogota. Mr Riascos was widowed following the killing of his wife in 2008 by army troops. Soldiers shot Zenaida Luguizamon Mora on September 26th 2008, and subsequently refused her medical treatment which led to her death 9 hours later. The killing occurred in Guerima, Vichada department, from where Mr Riascos was forced to displace a month later as a result of his efforts to denounce the assassination of his wife.
Since then he has lived in Bogota with his two daughters, in extreme poverty and as an active member of MOVICE in Cundinamarca province. As a result of this work in 2009 he again received death threats which forced his temporary displacement.
On September 24th 2011 Mr Riascos told MOVICE members that he planned to carry out a commemorative protest vigil at the doors of the Bogota Attorney General’s Office on the anniversary of his wife’s killing two days later. Following this action he disappeared.
The circumstances of his reappearance have yet to be clarified.