US embassy cable - 06ASUNCION325

PARAGUAY'S LEFTIST PATRIA LIBRE SHOPPING FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM

Identifier: 06ASUNCION325
Wikileaks: View 06ASUNCION325 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Asuncion
Created: 2006-03-22 21:59:00
Classification: SECRET
Tags: PREL PTER PINR PA CO VZ SP
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DE RUEHAC #0325 0812159
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R 222159Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY ASUNCION
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4002
INFO RUCNMER/MERCOSUR COLLECTIVE
RUEHBO/AMEMBASSY BOGOTA 0501
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS 0296
RUEHSG/AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO 2588
RUEHQT/AMEMBASSY QUITO 0216
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID 0122
RUEHNR/AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 0182
RHEHNSC/WHITE HOUSE NSC WASHDC
RUMIAAA/USCINCSO MIAMI FL//SCJ3/SCJ33/SCJ34/SOCSO LNO//
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RUCNFB/FBI WASHDC
S E C R E T ASUNCION 000325 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR WHA, INL, S/CT 
STATE PASS TO USAID LAC/AA 
NSC FOR SUE CRONIN 
SOUTHCOM FOR POLAD BARBARA MOORE 
JOINT STAFF FOR J5 LTC SCOTT DAVIS 
NAIROBI FOR MICHAEL FITZPATRICK 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/22/2016 
TAGS: PREL, PTER, PINR, PA, CO, VZ, SP 
SUBJECT: PARAGUAY'S LEFTIST PATRIA LIBRE SHOPPING FOR 
POLITICAL ASYLUM 
 
REF: A. ASUNCION 264 (NOTAL) 
     B. ASUNCION 210 AND PRECEDING (NOTAL) 
     C. 05 ASUNCION 1325 AND PRECEDING (NOTAL) 
     D. 05 ASUNCION 1119 AND PRECEDING (NOTAL) 
     E. 05 ASUNCION 1101 (NOTAL) 
 
Classified By: PolOff Mark A. Stamilio, reasons 1.4(b) and (d). 
 
1. (C) On 3/21, Spanish DCM Marta de Blas Mayordomo told 
PolOff and Colombian PolCouns Raul Sanchez that a lawyer 
representing the leftist Free Fatherland Party (Partido 
Patria Libre, or PPL), whose military wing has ties to the 
FARC and was responsible for the 2003 kidnapping and murder 
of a former Paraguayan president's daughter, Cecilia Cubas 
(ref C), and is tied to the more recent murders of two 
policemen in Paraguay's interior (refs B and E), approached 
the Spanish Embassy about the possibility of granting PPL 
members political asylum.  The lawyer told de Blas that PPL 
was in no way involved in the kidnapping or murders, but 
rather that the GOP was persecuting PPL members for their 
political views.  De Blas said the GOS had no intention of 
entertaining or granting the request for asylum. 
 
2. (C) As reported in ref A, Venezuelan Ambassador Huerta 
recently told Colombian Ambassador Bernal that the GOV was 
considering possible political asylum for PPL members, 
following statements by President Duarte and others in his 
administration that the GOP planned to "annihilate" the PPL. 
Huerta noted that the PPL had legal standing as a political 
party, and asserted that the GOP was persecuting PPL members 
for their political views.  Duarte reportedly took umbrage 
with the Venezuelan Ambassador's remarks. 
 
3. (S) Comment: The PPL is a registered political party. 
However, its military wing is a band of criminals that 
emulates the FARC and espouses the violent overthrow of the 
government.  Its principal leaders, Juan Arrom and Anuncio 
Marti, were accused of orchestrating the 2001 kidnapping of 
Maria Edith Bordon de Debernardi (ref D).  They were later 
granted refugee status in Brazil after they allegedly were 
tortured by authorities in Paraguay.  Sensitive reporting 
indicates that Arrom continues to direct PPL activities from 
Brazil, and continues to support violent struggle against the 
state.  The PPL members currently seeking political asylum 
are attempting to avoid prosecution for their participation 
in the aforementioned kidnappings and murders. 
JOHNSON 

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