Ex-paramilitary leader admits to slaughter of 26 people .
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:28 Simon Willis
A former paramilitary leader on Wednesday accepted charges from a Colombian Justice and Peace department for the slaughter of 26 people in the north of the country.
Vanoy Ramiro Murillo, alias "Cuco Vanoy," who is currently being detained in a Miami prison on different charges, was the commander of the Metro Bloc of the AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia) when these murders were committed in the department of Antioquia 15 years ago, reported Caracol Radio.
During a hearing which took place via video-conference, "Cuco Vanoy" accepted charges from Medellin's Justice and Peace department of aggravated murders for terrorist purposes, torture, aggravated theft, simple kidnapping and the forced displacement of more than three thousand people.
The nearly 30 people that were slaughtered between 1997 and 2001 were identified as collaborators with Colombia's largest rebel group FARC.