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Thu Sep 28, 2017, 08:02 PM

Colombia releases controversial general ahead of transitional justice

written by Adriaan Alsema September 28, 2017

A Colombian judge ordered the release of former army General Rito Alejo del Rio, a close ally of former President Alvaro Uribe and the now-defunct paramilitary umbrella organization AUC.

Del Rio was convicted to 25 years in prison in 2012 for his role in the 1997 murder on a social leader by paramilitary forces in the Uraba region in the northwest of the country.

The disgraced former general is also investigated for the assassinations of anti-corruption presidential candidate Alvaro Gomez (Conservative Party) in 1995 and comedian Jaime Garzon in 1999.

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The former commander of the National Army’s 17th Brigade is one of the most prolific military war criminals and a long-time ally of Uribe, who has fiercely opposed the transitional justice system agreed with the FARC to end more than half a century of armed conflict.


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