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David Rabelo Crespo
DAVID RABELO CRESPO
14 SEPTEMBER 2010
HARASSMENT, DEATH THREATS, UNFAIR TRIAL
On 14 September 2010 human rights defender David Rabelo Crespo was arrested in Barrancabermeja, Colombia.
A well known defender, David is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the Corporación Regional para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos – CREDHOS (Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights in Colombia. Prior to his arrest David and his extended family had death threats directed towards them which have only increased since his arrest.
David was charged with criminal conspiracy and aggravated homicide, under the order of the Prosecutor 22 of the Unidad Nacional de Antiterrorismo based on voluntary statements given by the paramilitary Mario Jaimes Mejía, alias “El Panadero.” This paramilitary, a member of the Autodefensas Unidas de Santander y Cesar (AUSAC), was detained in March 1999 and condemned by the normal justice system as being the main person behind the massacres of the 16th May 1998 and the 28th February 1999.
In June 2012 the trial closed. On 7 December 2012, David was sentenced to 18 years and 3 months' imprisonment
David Rabelo Crespo was a finalist for the 2013 Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk.
David is one of the featured HRDs in the 2013 Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign in Colombia.
It is clear that Mr. Rabelo's detention is a reprisal for his work dedicated to the defence of human rights, and an attempt to silence any further criticism.
- Liz Davies, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Front Line Defenders has issued the following appeals and statements on David Rabelo Crespo:
19 September 2013 - How Many Nights Without Seeing Stars
21 February 2013 -A voice that won’t be silenced (Blog post by Niamh Ni Bhriain)
30 November 2012 - New irregularity in trial of human rights defender Mr David Rabelo Crespo
1 February 2012 - David Rabelo Crespo Arrested