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Colombia: Killings in Cauca department - army officially accused

, Index number: AMR 23/022/1993

The Procurator General's Office has opened disciplinary proceedings against members of the Colombian army accused of carrying out the massacre of 17 people in Los Uvos, Cauca department on 7 April 1991. It has also requested the further investigation of an army general, three majors, a colonel and lieutenant to establish their role in covering up the crime. The Procurator's decisions are based on confessions made by four members of the counter-insurgency partrol of the Jose Hilario Lopez battalion to the Special Investigations Office of the Public Ministry. The Public Ministry has also found irregularities in the investigation carried out by the military court and has requested a disciplinary investigation into the manner in which the court dealt with the case.

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