Friday, December 3, 2010

Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison For Killing 4,000 People

There are mass murderers and there is Jorge Ivan Laverde. The former paramilitary commander in Colombia known as the "Iguana", admitted to directly killing 100 people and ordering the killings of 4,000 others as a commander in the extreme right-wing AUC militia, which was disbanded in 2003, was sentenced to eight years in prison under an amnesty program.
A Colombian court initially sentenced Laverde to 40 years in prison after finding him guilty of murder, torture, acts of terrorism, and the displacement of population. But the sentence was changed to eight years, the maximum penalty allowed under the "Justice and Peace" process aimed at healing the wounds of past fighting. The right-wing paramilitary groups were initially set up in the 1980s and by the following decade had seized large swathes of territory, ostensibly to protect landowners from left-wing guerillas. About 30,000 militiamen demobilised when the groups were dismantled in 2003, according to official figures, but about 9000 are believed to have since taken up arms, with many involved in drug trafficking.
Eight years?!?

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