Colombia has gone through a lot of healing in the past two decades. More than 260,000 people were killed and eight million displaced during the insurgency that took place from 1958 until 2016 when the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), the armed wing of the Communist Party, signed a peace accord with the government. But the recent revelations that in 1995 the FARC had assassinated a presidential candidate threatens to undermine the progress that has been made. 

The shooting of Colombian Conservative presidential candidate Alvaro Gomez Hurtado was believed to be the work of his political rivals in cooperation with narco-traffickers. But now, the FARC has claimed responsibility for the assassination. 


The stunning admission was made in a letter to the Special Justice for Peace (JEP) tribunal. JEP is tasked with investigating crimes committed during FARC’s insurgency.

The letter to the JEP was signed by former rebel commanders Julian Gallo, Pastor Alape, and Pablo Catatumbo. Gallo and Catatumbo, currently have seats in congress.

Gomez Hurtado was a three-time presidential candidate and son of a former president. He was gunned down outside a university building by two men on a motorcycle (the M.O. of the drug traffickers) in Bogota back on November 2, 1995.

Gomez Hurtado was running against liberal President Ernesto Samper. At the time, Samper was facing a serious scandal over the financing of his campaign by the drug cartels. The cartels had been wreaking havoc in the country; they were under threats of extradition to the United States to stand trial for trafficking.