(posted Jan. 13, 4:45 p.m.) - A decomposing corpse discovered yesterday with bullet holes in the head and stomach is that of rearmed contra leader Santos Guadalupe Joyas Borge, known as “Pablo Negro,” according to the victim’s family members.
The rearmed contra leader’s body was positively identified Friday afternoon by the victim’s father, according to Roberto Petray, executive director of the Nicaraguan Association Pro-Human Rights (ANPDH), an organization based in Estelí.
Petray told The Nicaragua Dispatch in a phone interview that “Pablo Negro” was the head of a rearmed group called the Democratic Front for Nicaragua’s Salvation-380 (Salvation-380), which took up arms last August.
Petray said the former contra rebel, who originally disarmed 17 years ago, was apparently killed on the Honduran side of the border. He said ANPDH is investigating the circumstances of his death.
Pablo Negro would be the second rearmed contra killed in the past year. Rearmed contra José Gabriel Garmendia, aka “Yajob”, was shot and killed last February in Estelí, Nicaragua.
The Nicaraguan Army has not commented on the death of Pablo Negro, but denies that there are any rearmed contra groups operating in Nicaragua. The armed groups are nothing more than delinquents involved in extortion, kidnapping and common crime, the military insists.
Petray, however, insists he has received reports from the countryside of two other rearmed groups—the Democratic Front for Nicaragua’s Fatherland and the Democratic Costal Front-380. All three of the alleged rebel groups are supposedly operating in the northern zone and in the region known as the mining triangle.
Roman Catholic Bishop Juan Abelardo Mata, of the Diocese in Estelí, says he has information that there are now four rearmed groups up north, and that the situation is worsening.
Read Monday’s Nicaragua Dispatch for full story.