JEP orders Ecopetrol to provide information about alleged links with paramilitaries

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) has ordered the company Ecopetrol to provide information on the alleged relations between the company’s former officials and contractors with paramilitary groups in Magdalena Medio. This decision is part of Case 08, which investigates crimes committed by public forces or state agents in collaboration with paramilitaries or civilian third parties in the context of the armed conflict.

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The JEP seeks to clarify alleged collaboration between Ecopetrol and paramilitary groups in the region. To do this, the company has asked the company to provide a series of documents, including:

Copies of agreements or contracts signed between Ecopetrol and the Public Service for the Security of the Barrancabermeja Refinery between 1988 and 2006. Balance of economic losses due to fuel theft between 1995 and 2005. Data of access to the Miramar Club and Guest House between January and 2006. May 1998. Information on helicopter flights employed by Ecopetrol between 1997 and 2002. Copies of contracts signed between Ecopetrol and former security chiefs such as Antonio Sánchez Vargas, Marco Tulio Restrepo and José Eduardo González Sánchez.

The JEP believes that this information is necessary to “confirm some of the statements presented by the appearing parties in their voluntary versions and in other procedural documents.” These statements include the alleged holding of meetings between paramilitaries, members of the public authorities and Ecopetrol officials at the Miramar Club and the Guest House, as well as the use of corporate helicopters to transport illegal supplies for paramilitary groups. .

Ecopetrol has until May 25 to provide the information required by the JEP.

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This news is of great importance for the peace process in Colombia, as it could shed light on the alleged participation of private companies in the armed conflict. It is expected that the information provided by Ecopetrol will contribute to the construction of a fuller and more truthful account of what happened in Magdalena Medio during the bloodiest years of the conflict.