Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colombian military convictions and sentences affirmed

Supreme Court of Colombia
Radio en Viv0 reports that the Supreme Court of Colombia upheld the sentence of 40 years in prison handed down to seven career Army soldiers for murdering three people in La Guajira.

The high court made ​​the decision after rejecting defense arguments, saying they did not meet the requirements and proper logical argument specified in Article 213 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. It appears that a lieutenant and his platoon decided to create a fake firefight with alleged guerrillas in an effort to show their superiors they were dealing with the guerrilla problem. In the ensuing firefight innocent workers were killed. (Rough translation from the Spanish original.)

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