Tuesday, October 3, 2023

He said to me, “Don’t shoot me in the back, kill me from the front”: I explain “false positives

Former army sergeant Leandro Eliécer Moná Cano confessed before the give the murder of Kemel Mauricio Arteaga Cuartas, one of the 303 “false positives” committed by the military in Casanare, and in crude terms he recounted the final moments of his victim. “Before he fired the gun, he stretched out his arms and said to me: “Don’t shoot me in the back, kill me from the front.” He said as he opened his arms like Arteaga did.

The story was told among relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings carried out by members of the XVI between 2005 and 2008. brigade of the army were committed.

There was in the auditorium in Yopal Margarita Arteaga, Kemel’s sister, who listened in tears to the testimony of Moná, who put into practice the practice of murdering defenseless people after they had been singled out and stigmatized.

Moná turned to Margarita Arteaga to express this to her brother “He didn’t belong to any criminal organization.”

“Today I want to clear the name of his brother (Kemel Arteaga), his family and the pain of a mother that I, too, slowly killed, despite the three types of cancer she suffers from.” said the former sergeant.

He also recounted the details of several events in which he chose some of his victims.

Wilson Burgos intervened and blamed the then-lieutenant Edgar Jiménez Bautista He also attended two events seeking merit for promotion.

During the hearing of the judges Catalina Diaz He asked Moná to explain how he could shoot a defenseless person who had the courage to say that he should be shot from the front.

“Back then my heart was criminal. I completely lost track of what I was supposed to do,” he said. and replied.

Margarita Arteaga intervened and asked those present some questions about the remaining gaps in her statements.

He complained about the lack of answers from some of them. “Why did they select him, sign him, evaluate him, profile him, whatever? There was never an answer. “And I just realized that there was a pattern of cruelty toward difference.”

My brother – he remarked – true to who he was before they shot him, when they stopped him in front of the man who wanted to shoot him, he opened his hands and told them: “If you want to kill me, let it be.” from the front, not the back.’ That was my brother because he was a free spirit.

The woman highlighted the cruelty inflicted on the victims, as many of them showed signs of torture.

“There is a problem and a situation of social genocide, which is very sensitive.” he emphasized, addressing the JEP judges.

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