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Roberto Escobar: The accountant
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Roberto Escobar leans forward and points to a two centimeter bullet hole in the living room window. "You see? Burglars tried to break into the house a few years ago looking for my brother's lost fortune," says the short man in the cap and thick glasses. "I was able to alert the police in time, they arrested the scoundrels after a shooting."
Roberto is the older brother of Pablo Escobar, the most glamorous drug lord of all time. In the 1980s, Pablo controlled a good 70 percent of the international cocaine trade from his hometown Medellín and was one of the richest people in the world. The brother Roberto Escobar was the bookkeeper for the drug cartel. At that time, the Colombian government put a $ 10 million bounty on each of the brothers. On December 2, 1993, Pablo was caught by a Colombian-American special unit and shot while trying to escape, according to the police report. Roberto was already in prison, sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Today the 70-year-old pensioner earns his living with foreign tourists: For 10,000 pesos, the equivalent of 30 euros, you can visit Escobar's house and talk to him about his brother. In addition, he threatens the media group Netflix, the life of Pablo Escobar in the series Narcos filmed, with a billions lawsuit. He thinks the rights to the story are his. And accuses the company of spreading lies about his brother.
Roberto was injured by a bomb in jail. He thinks the government was to blame
Roberto Escobar greets his guests with a still strong handshake. In his youth he was a successful cyclist, won many national and international trophies and coached the Colombian national team. Back then, friends called him Osito, "the bear" because of his perseverance.
The white bungalow in the Poblado district, hidden in a grove above the Medellín valley, is one of the few properties belonging to the Escobar family that was not confiscated and nationalized after Pablo's death. Pablo celebrated his 44th birthday on the property the day before his death. He was then on the run. A few months earlier he had planned to send his wife and two children abroad, but no country would accept them. Escobar was worried about it and spoke to his son on the phone. That was his death sentence: on December 2, 1993, his location could be traced, his hiding place was surrounded and stormed.
Little brother, big boss
The drug dealer
Roberto Escobar's little brother, Pablo, controlled up to 70 percent of the cocaine trade. Thousands of people worked for him. He had the drug smuggled into the United States with a fleet of small planes and mini-submarines.
In 1978 Pablo was elected to the City Council of Medellín, 1982 to the Colombian Congress. The newspaper El Espectador revealed his drug deals, Escobar was forced to resign and retaliated: he had a bomb detonated in the editorial office, several journalists died.
The mass murderer
Anyone who resisted Pablo was kidnapped, tortured and killed. His cartel has killed at least 4,000 people, including 30 judges and 457 police officers. The drug lord even blew up a line plane to kill presidential candidate César Gaviria. 107 people died, the politician was not on board.
Right at the beginning of the tour Roberto explains: "Pablo was not shot by the police as it is in the police report. When he realized that he was surrounded, he shot himself in the head." He would rather die than be extradited to the United States. It cannot be verified whether this is true. One thing is certain: Pablo was hit three times, one shot through the ear was fatal. Roberto claims that Pablo told him he would kill himself this way if he was surrounded. To confirm his version, Roberto wanted to have his brother's body exhumed. The government refused.
It was Pablo who advised his brother Roberto in 1992 to face the authorities. "He told me: You have the best chance of survival in prison," recalls Roberto. That was an almost fatal mistake. Only weeks after Pablo's death, inmate Roberto Escobar received a letter bomb in his cell that seriously injured him. Since then he has been almost blind and hard of hearing, even if he doesn’t let the visitors know. "The government is behind it," he says. He is convinced of it. "Who else could smuggle a bomb into the high-security wing? Every letter was screened and checked." The attack has never been solved. The government denies any involvement.
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