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Michael Stott and Gideon Long in Bogotá

He has enough enemies to fill a telephone directory and the US once put a $5m bounty on his head. But Rodrigo Londoño, leader of what was Latin America’s biggest guerrilla army, claims to enjoy his new life as a father and politician.

“Only the other day I went for lunch in a restaurant near here and a man who was eating got up, asked for a photo and thanked me for what we’re doing,” a smiling Mr Londoño told the Financial Times during an interview at his Bogotá office this year.

The omens were hardly encouraging when the man better known by the nom de guerre Timochenko and his Marxist comrades from the feared Farc (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) force laid down their arms after a peace deal with Colombia’s government in 2016.