14 July 2011 Last updated at 03:04 ET
Colombian colonel sentenced for faking civilian
The false positives scandal
arose during President Alvaro Uribe’s campaign to crush left-wing rebels
A Colombian army colonel has admitted
his unit murdered 57 civilians, then dressed them in uniforms and claimed they
were rebels killed in combat.
Colonel Luis Fernando Borja was sentenced to 21 years, reduced from 42 years
for accepting responsibility.
In a typical case in 2007, Borja admitted two men were lured to their deaths
with supposed promises of work.
He is the most senior officer convicted so far in what has become known as
the “false positives” scandal.
The scandal arose from a body bag culture in the army, in which soldiers were
rewarded with prestige and promotions according to the number of rebels they
The attorney general’s office is investigating more than 1,400 cases
involving thousands of victims.
Borja’s unit was operating in the northern province of Sucre when the
murders, for which he has been convicted, were perpetrated.
Most of the “false positives” occurred under the two administrations of
President Alvaro Uribe. He is credited with beating back left-wing rebels who
threatened to overthrow the state.
Now questions are being asked about the cost of this success in human rights
abuses, says the BBC correspondent in Bogota, Jeremy McDermott.
Earlier this month, eight soldiers were sentenced to 60 years each for
killing four farmers and then pretending they were guerrillas in 2006 in the
province of Antioquia.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
Luis Fernando Borja
his undoing number = FB = 62 = Arrested. Confinement.
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