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Fri Mar 3, 2017, 04:33 PM

Colombia family to speak against ex-paramilitary leader in landmark US trial

Source: Colombia Reports

written by Richard Kelleher March 2, 2017

The former leader of a paramilitary death squad will face the family of one his victims in a Washington court on Friday, reported The Guardian newspaper.

In an unprecedented case, a family will be permitted to speak in a US court about the impact of the perpetrators’ crimes.

Hernan Giraldo Serna once led the “Tayrona Resistance Block,” a faction of the now-defunct AUC paramilitary group that was responsible for the murder of hundreds of farmers, leftist organizers and indigenous leaders on Colombia’s north coast.

This included the torture and murder of farmer Julio Henriquez in 2001, the father of the family that he will be face in court when he will be sentenced for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States when he was a leader of the paramilitary group.

Read more: http://colombiareports.com/colombia-family-speak-ex-paramilitary-leader-landmark-us-trial/

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