Monday, June 12, 2017

Farc militants are to be train as bodyguars to their leaders

According to BBC, Colombian government says it has started the process of training Farc rebels as bodyguards.

Under the peace deal signed by the government and the Marxist rebel group last year, 315 demobilised guerrilla fighters will be trained to protect fellow Farc members at risk of violence.

Right-wing paramilitary groups have been known to target Farc leaders.

Once trained, they will be given a gun and paid three times the minimum wage.

BBC report says, more than 300 demobilised rebels had arrived at a training academy in the town of Facatativá, near the capital, Bogotá.

Interior Minister says, more are expected to arrive in the coming days. The ministry says a total of 315 candidates will be chosen for the task of providing security for Farc leaders.

They will undergo a series of exams to test their physical, psychological and emotional aptitude for the job.

The successful candidates will be paid a monthly salary of 1.8m pesos ($615; £485).

The report shows that, only Farc members who have not committed crimes against humanity and who can prove they have handed in their arms are allowed to apply.

They will receive training in human rights and close protection by Colombia's National Protection Unit.

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