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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 01:26 AM

Colombian colonel gave weapons to fake FARC unit: Prosecutor

Colombian colonel gave weapons to fake FARC unit: Prosecutor
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:34
Brandon Barrett

A retired Colombian colonel was charged with providing weapons to a non-existent FARC unit at the center of the 2006 "false demobilization" scandal.

Colonel Hugo Alfredo Castellanos was charged with embezzlement, procedural fraud and arms possesion and trafficking by a prosecutor from the National Anti-Corruption Unit, for his alleged role in delivering weapons to the fake Cacica Gaitana FARC front.

He's accused of liaising between the military and Colombia's ex-Peace Commissioner, Luis Carlos Restrepo, in a conspiracy to pay a group of homeless people to train and act like guerrillas before surrendering to authorities.


Restrepo is currently overseas, having fled the country before he could be arrested.


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