Jesus Santrich transferred to hospital on 17th day of his hunger strike

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Source: Telesur / The Dawn News / April 27, 2018

Jesús Santrich, fighter for peace with social justice: “…I know that I think because I exist, that I fight because I believe, and that I believe in what I dream, and my dream is of a better tomorrow”

On Thursday, April 26, Jesus Santrich, member and leader of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC), was transferred from La Picota, a prison in Bogotá, Colombia to a hospital in the South of Bogotá due to health issues.

TeleSUR correspondent Manuel Jimenez informed that the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute (INPEC) ordered to shift Santrich to a hospital so as to avoid any further complication to his health after 17 days of hunger strike.

“Jesus Santrich takes some medicines to treat his state of epilepsy and some cardiac problems. The intake of these medicines directly affects the liver and could seriously affect his health” he reported.

After being arrested on April 9 under the accusation of alleged links to drug trafficking, the FARC leader began a hunger strike demanding the fulfillment of what was agreed in the Peace Agreement signed in Havana, Cuba, with the government of Juan Manuel Santos.

Colombian media have reviewed that the last medical assessment given to Santrich resulted in the need to transfer him to the hospital to avoid a decompensation, the agreed to do so.

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