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Cable 1009: Colombian Soldiers Sentenced for Murder of Union Activists

Cable 1009: Colombian Soldiers Sentenced for Murder of Union Activists

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This is a 2007 US embassy report describing the sentencing of four Colombian soldiers who were convicted of murder three union leaders and then arranging the bodies to make it appear that they were guerrillas killed in conventional combat.

This is a 2007 US embassy report describing the sentencing of four Colombian soldiers who were convicted of murder three union leaders and then arranging the bodies to make it appear that they were guerrillas killed in conventional combat.

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R 302122Z AUG 07FM AMEMBASSY BOGOTA TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8522UNCLAS BOGOTA 006382SUBJECT: SENTENCING OF SOLDIERS IN ARAUCA LABOR CASE
1. A Bogota court sentenced four Colombiansoldiers to 40 years each for murdering three unionleaders in Saravena, Arauca department on August 5,2004. The court ruling, announced August 28, foundthe soldiers guilty of executing labor leadersJairo Eduardo Prieto Chamucero, Hector AlirioMartinez and Leonel Goyeneche Goyeneche andarranging the bodies so that they appeared to havebeen guerrillas killed in combat. The individualssentenced were Sub-Lieutenant Juan Pablo Ordonez,and soldiers Jhon Hernandez, Walter Loaiza, andOscar Hernandez of the Eighteenth MechanizedBrigade, Second Division. A civilian, DanielCaballero Rozo, who served as guide for the unit,was also convicted and sentenced to 40 years.Minister of Defense Juan Manuel Santos said theruling "ratifies the Government's policy thatactions outside of the law will be condemned, andunderscores the GOC's policy of respect forunionists."¶2. The Embassy has repeatedly highlighted theimportance of resolving the Arauca case in meetingswith the Prosecutor General's Office, the Ministry

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