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The return of Salvatore Mancuso, the paramilitary who did not want to remain silent

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The return of Salvatore Mancuso, the paramilitary who did not want to remain silent

Former paramilitary chief Salvatore Mancuso returned to Colombia after 15 years in a US prison, causing a stir in the country. Mancuso, known for his brutal actions during the armed conflict, has been admitted to the transitional justice court to provide truth about the crimes he committed and expose the involvement of politicians and businessmen.

Mancuso’s arrival is a stark reminder of Colombia’s violent past, as he was a key figure in the paramilitary groups that wreaked havoc on the country. He has already made explosive revelations, implicating Army commanders, politicians, and companies in supporting the paramilitaries.

One of the most controversial accusations is against former President Alvaro Uribe, whom Mancuso claimed had close ties to the paramilitary groups and was supported by them in his election campaign. Uribe has vehemently denied these accusations.

Despite his violent past, Mancuso has expressed remorse and asked for forgiveness from some of his victims. He described his actions in the paramilitary groups as a “theater of terror,” where fear was the ultimate objective.

As Mancuso settles into La Picota prison in Bogotá, Colombians are left wondering what other revelations he may bring to light and how his testimony will impact the ongoing efforts for truth and reconciliation in the country. His return has reignited debate about Colombia’s violent history and the role of key players in the conflict.

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