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Key paramilitary massacre witness turns himself in
Source: Colombia Reports

Key paramilitary massacre witness turns himself in
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:56
Adriaan Alsema

A former paramilitary who is considered a key witness in the controversial Mapiripan massacre turned himself in to authorities Wednesday.

Jorge Humberto Victoria was convicted for taking part in the massacre of Mapiripan at the Inter-American Court for Human Rights (IACHR) and described as a key witness of events by the then second-in-command of the paramilitary AUC, Salvatore Mancuso.

Victoria officially demobilized with the rest of the AUC in 2006, but never surrendered to authorities.

However, the IACHR recently denied the state's request to revoke a 2009 ruling requiring the government to pay compensation to victims of the atrocity, in which paramilitaries used chainsaws and machetes to murder villagers in Mapiripan, Meta department, in collaboration with the Colombian army.

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