Spain extradite FARC medic accused of forced abortions

A Colombian man accused of carrying out forced abortions on the part of the Marxist-inspired FARC guerrillas was on Thursday extradited to the South American country by Spanish authorities, reported the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Hector Albeidis Arboleda, 41 known as “the Nurse,” was detained in the Spanish capital Madrid in 2015 on suspicion that he carried out up to 500 of forced abortions, mainly in the departments of Antioquia, Risaralda, Caldas and Choco between 1998 and 2003, reported El Colombiano.

“The prosecutor’s office has testimonies from victims who have been identifying ‘El Enfermero’ as participating in the famous forced abortions in the FARC ,” said the prosecutor to the media on the day of his arrest.

Arboleda who has joint Spanish and Colombian nationality, will be tried in Colombia on various charges including homicide, attempted homicide, performing unauthorized abortions and unlawful association for the alleged offenses.

Spain’s Audiencia Nacional – the high court with jurisdiction over international crimes – approved the extradition on Dec. 2, 2016 and on Jan. 27, at the request of Justice Minister Rafael Catala, the Spanish government gave the green light to handing over Arboleda to Colombian authorities.