Incident Summary:

06/26/1999: Judge Carlos Bautista was kidnapped by a previously unknown group called the Human Rights Renewal Movement (Renovacion por los Derechos Humanos), after acquitting 14 members of the Workers Trade Union (USO) of the Colombian Petroleum Enterprise (Ecopetrol), who had been charged with terrorism. On June 30, 1999, Bautista was found in state of shock in a taxi, which had been stopped at a police checkpoint in the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, near the Venezuelan border.




South America

region/u.s. state:

Norte de Santander


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Colombian Judicial System
Specific Description Judge Carlos Bautista
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Human Rights Renewal Movement (Renovacion por los Derechos Humanos) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Judge Reportedly Kidnapped by New Cartel," de Bogota Inravision Television Canal A Network, June 28, 1999.
"Judge Kidnapped After Terror Case Acquittals," Miami Herald, June 29, 1999.
“Police Find Kidnapped Faceless Judge Coordinator,” de Bogota Radio Cadena Nacional, June 30, 1999.