Colombia Court reveals at least 6,402 people killed by military to boost body count | Global development

A special peace court in Colombia He found that at least 6,402 people were killed by the country’s army and falsely declared combat killings in order to boost stats in the civil war with left-wing rebel groups. This number is almost three times higher than the figure previously established by the Prosecutor’s Office.

The killings referred to in Colombia Like “Scandal false positives‘, Between 2002 and 2008, when the government was waging a war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (or FARC), a left-wing guerrilla movement, which finally succeeded in making peace with the government in 2016. Soldiers were rewarded for murder statistics that were made. Manipulating them with perks, including vacations and promotions.

The 2016 agreement included the creation of a special peace court – known by its Spanish initials, JEPTo investigate and prosecute crimes committed by all parties to the conflict. On Thursday, JEP announced the preliminary results of its investigation into the “false positives” scandal, after exhumations from mass graves across the country over the past two years.

A statement from the JEP confirmed that the investigation will continue, and will now focus on those provinces in the country that have not yet been prioritized in their investigation.

Jacqueline Castaño, whose brother was kidnapped and killed by the military in 2008, felt that justice was close to being served after Thursday’s announcement. While many ordinary soldiers have been sent to prison and dozens of high-ranking officers have been dismissed, victims say those who issued the orders have yet to face justice.

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“We are grateful for the publication of the results of the Justice and Development Party investigations showing the extent of extrajudicial executions over a period of time [then-president] Alvaro Uribe, 2002-2008, “said Castano, who is leading a group of victims.” We hope the truth will continue to emerge. “

Movice, a group of victims of crimes committed by the Colombian state, also welcomed the findings of the JEP. “The high number of these crimes is not surprising,” the group said in a statement, adding that it shows “internal politics” within the army “without any form of oversight or penalties for those responsible.”

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