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Former soldiers from the La Popa Battalion gave their version of the death of three mamos

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Former soldiers from the La Popa Battalion gave their version of the death of three mamos

Two former members of the Artillery Battalion N°2 ‘La Popa’, Captain (r) Pedro Antonio Fernández Ocampo and Lieutenant Colonel (r) Luis Fernando Duque Izquierdo, were called by the Truth Recognition Room of the JEP to contribute truth for the torture, disappearance and murder of three Mamos of the Arhuaco People and the illegal detention and torture of two indigenous people of the same community, in

The version, which took place this April 19 in a sacred space of the Arhuaco people, is within the framework of Case 09 that investigates non-amnestiable crimes committed against Ethnic Peoples and Territories within the framework of the armed conflict.

At the hearing, in front of the victims of the Arhuaco Indigenous People, Judge Caterina Heyck verified what happened to the Mamos Ángel María Torres Arroyo, Luis Napoleón Torres Crespo and Antonio Hugues Chaparro (who were detained by armed men in Curumaní, Cesar, then tortured and finally murdered) and the indigenous brothers José Vicente and Amado Villafañe Chaparro (detained and tortured in the ‘La Popa’ Battalion), at the end of November and beginning of December 1990.

Prior to the hearing, Judge Heyck held a meeting for dialogue and interjurisdictional coordination with authorities of the Arhuaco People, in which they highlighted the serious effects that the events caused on their autonomy, government, survival and spirituality.

The Ordinary Criminal Justice opened an investigation into these events, but could not advance because the process was assigned to the Military Criminal Justice, which, in turn, in 1993, declared that the two soldiers were not responsible.

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Given the impunity of the case, and at the request of the victims’ relatives, in 1997, the UN Human Rights Committee concluded that the Colombian State had violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Law and ordered a serious investigation and reopening. the trials against the military.

Later, the Constitutional Court ordered the Prosecutor’s Office to reactivate the process, which is why the Supreme Court of Justice reviewed the acquittal of the Military Criminal Justice and in 2019 ordered the Prosecutor’s Office to reopen the investigation, the entity that declared the facts. as crimes against humanity.

The Truth Commission included these facts in its final report, which, together with the reports presented by victims’ organizations, the dismissal resolution issued against Duque Izquierdo and Fernández Ocampo by the Attorney General’s Office in 1992 and the Prosecutor’s Office file, In addition to the evidence ordered by the office, they will be contrasted with the version provided by the appearing parties in order to advance the decision of the case.

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