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As His Troops Killed Civilians, Army Chief Tried to Cover His Trail

This article is the first of a series by Human Rights Watch to mark the 10 years since the Soacha cases. Retired General Mario Montoya Uribe, who commanded Colombia’s army between 2006 and 2008, stepped into the media spotlight again this month when he appeared before a court investigating serious human rights abuses. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace, created as part of a peace accord with the FARC, had summoned General Montoya to a preliminary hearing. There, General Montoya promised to cooperate with the court’s investigation, including into his own alleged role in the horrifying murders that…

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