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Tue Apr 4, 2017, 06:39 PM

Evidence indicates Colombia military is bribing FARC rebels to abandon peace process

written by Adriaan Alsema April 4, 2017

Colombia’s military is bribing demobilizing FARC guerrillas to leave the peace process and sell their arms if audio recordings obtained by conflict monitoring website Verdad Abierta are real.

If proven true, this would be a major attempt to sabotage the country’s ongoing peace process, in particular the transitional justice system that seeks to clarify the scores of human rights violations committed by both the guerrillas and the state.

The renowned website published transcripts of multiple recordings in which alleged members of the National Army’s 21st Infantry Brigade were offering incentives to guerrillas to abandon the peace process.

Instead the alleged military member offered full impunity in return for taking part in a regular demobilization program that does not require participation in a transitional justice system, and a program in which former guerrillas help dismantle drug trafficking rackets.


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