December 5, 2023

The Particular Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) of Colombia has accused ex-colonel Hernan Mejia on Monday of the extrajudicial execution of 72 civilians, a phenomenon identified within the nation as ‘false positives’, for which the navy had been rewarded in alternate for killing civilians and cross them off as downed guerrillas.

“We’re speaking about 72 victims of extrajudicial executions, so the penalty to be requested could be the utmost relevant on this transitional justice course of, which might be 20 years in jail,” stated the director of the JEP Prosecutor’s Workplace, Giovanni Alvarez Santoyo, as revealed by the station W Radio.

The investigation by the Prosecutor’s Workplace has concluded that the colonel “created an armed construction” that killed and kidnapped with the intention of attributing a picture of an “environment friendly navy”.

“In contravention of his obligations and along with the loyalty that he ought to have with the Colombian individuals and the establishment to which he belonged (…) an armed energy construction that devoted itself to executing the legal plan that he designed to indicate false outcomes that lastly made him seem like an environment friendly navy man admired by many Colombians”, added Santoyo.

As well as, it has revealed that prosecutors, prosecutors and officers of the Army Prison Justice who allowed in a method or one other the archiving of “these crimes in opposition to humanity” shall be investigated.

“Investigations had been began for these executions that weren’t duly investigated on the Prosecutor’s Workplace and had been referred to the Army Prison Court docket, which was filed and not using a severe investigation,” the director assured.

Originally of July, the Colombian Protection Minister, Ivan Velasquez, publicly apologized for the greater than 6,400 extrajudicial executions dedicated by the State.