Friday, September 29, 2023

21 military personnel will publicly acknowledge responsibility for 296 false alarms

Yopal, Casanare

This truth detection procedure is carried out before the Truth Detection Chamber of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace within the framework of the Casanare subcase of the macro investigation case 03 of false positives. For two days, 21 army members of the XVI. Brigade, an official from the disbanded DAS and two civilians publicly confessed their responsibility for the enforced disappearances and murders of 303 people in 296 extrajudicial killings between January 2005 and December 2008.

Those who will take responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity before the victims’ families include Major General Henry William Torres Escalante, 13 other officers, as well as seven non-commissioned officers, an official from the extinct DAS and two third parties. Civilians.

During this two-day hearing, which will take place at the Quiripa Auditorium of the Chamber of Commerce in Yopal, Casanare, the military will point out the harm caused to the victims, as well as the criminal organization that was founded in the 16th century Brigade of the Army between 2005 and 2008.

For example, in the cases of Major General Henry William Torres Escalante, Major Gustavo Enrique Soto Bracamonte and Lieutenant Colonel Henry Hernán Acosta Pardo, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace concluded that they were involved in the murder of 303 people, in 218 events that took place in Casanare , Boyacá, Meta and Arauca took place.

Here, in the presence of the relatives of the victims of the hoaxes, the accused soldiers will recount gruesome details of how, in order to achieve operational results, they murdered innocent people and had them passed off as guerrillas killed in battle.

Recall that the Truth Detection Chamber of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace attributed to them the war crime of killing a protected person and the crimes against humanity of murder and enforced disappearance. And for some, using children and young people to participate in hostilities is a war crime, as is the crime against humanity of persecution on grounds of gender.

In the Casanare case of false positives, two officials did not accept their responsibility when the accusation was made: retired colonel Cipriano Peña Chivatá, already deceased, and retired colonel Germán Alberto León Durán, the latter when his trial ended When he ends up before the Justice of the Peace and loses the case, he faces 20 years in prison.

According to the JEP investigation into macro case 03, 6,402 cases of false positive results were documented in Colombia.

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