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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 01:42 AM

Colombian army general banned from service for 'false positive'

Colombian army general banned from service for 'false positive'
Monday, 23 January 2012 17:49
Arron Daugherty

Colombia's Attorney General has barred Army Lieutenant Nader Guzman Diaz from military service for 20 years for killing a civilian and reporting him as a guerrilla who died in combat, reported local media.

According to an investigation carried out by the Attorney General's office, Diaz's unit, Artillery Battalion No.4, lied in a statement about the death of an unidentified civilian.

The battalion had claimed the man died in a gun fight after soldiers were fired on by a guerrilla group, but it was later discovered he was not involved in the combat.

Forensic evidence revealed that the gun supposedly used to fire upon the battalion was damaged and inoperable, and that the lethal shot had been delivered at point blank range.


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