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Cable 1037: Colombian Army Linked to 2005 San Jose de Apartado Massacre

Cable 1037: Colombian Army Linked to 2005 San Jose de Apartado Massacre

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This is a 2008 US embassy report on judicial proceedings against 15 Colombian Army soldiers accused of involvement in the 2005 murder of five civilians affiliated with the San Jose de Apartado peace community in northwestern Colombia.
This is a 2008 US embassy report on judicial proceedings against 15 Colombian Army soldiers accused of involvement in the 2005 murder of five civilians affiliated with the San Jose de Apartado peace community in northwestern Colombia.

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R 081159Z APR 08FM AMEMBASSY BOGOTA TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2275UNCLAS BOGOTA 001282SUBJECT: NEW ARRESTS IN 2005 SAN JOSE DE APARTADO MASSACRE
REF: 07 BOGOTA 8400
--------SUMMARY--------
¶1. On March 14, the Prosecutor General's Office(Fiscalia) ordered the capture of 15 members of theVelez Battalion of the Army's 17th Brigade inconnection to the February 21, 2005 massacre ofeight people, including three children, connectedto the San Jose de Apartado peace community.Thirteen of the fifteen are in detention, with onedeployed abroad and another (retired) at large.The arrest orders resulted from testimony providedby a former paramilitary in the Justice and PeaceLaw process. Investigations continue; human rightsgroups and peace community members noted thepositive development but demanded more arrests. Themilitary said they are cooperating fully withFiscalia's orders. END SUMMARY.
 
-----------------Thirteen Arrested -----------------
¶2. The Fiscalia sent a communication to ArmyCommander General Mario Montoya on March 14ordering the detention of 15 service members fortheir connection to the February 21, 2005 LaRebolasa Massacre in San Jose de Apartado in whicheight people, including three small children, werekilled. The military arrested 13 of those accused.One active duty member is stationed in the Sinai(Egypt), and another is retired. The retiredofficial is currently at large. The 15 membersinclude 3 sub-lieutenants (Alejandro JaramilloGiraldo, Jorge Humberto Milanes Vega, and EdgarGarcia Estupinan), 4 sergeants (Angel Maria PadillaPetro, Henry Guasmayan Ortega, Dario Jose BrangoAgamez, and Oscar Jaime Gonzalez) and 8 corporals(Sabarain Cruz Reina, Ricardo Bastidas Candia,Hector Londono Ramirez, Luis Gutierrez Echeverri,Jesus David Cardona Casas, Yuber CarranzaRodriguez, Ramon Mican Guativa, and Jose Carmona).
--------------------------------------Justice and Peace Testimony Moves Case--------------------------------------
¶3. The 15 were implicated in testimony providedby demobilized paramilitary Jorge Luis SalgadoDavid in the Justice and Peace Law process.Salgado went into great detail describing themassacre, including gruesome specifics about otherparamilitary members Jose Climaco Falco (alias

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