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| 5/3/2011 10:00:00 AM

Colombian 1985 Supreme Court raid commander sentenced

May 3--A Colombian general has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in a military raid during a hostage crisis at the Supreme Court in 1985.

General Jesus Armando Arias Cabrales was a military commander when left-wing rebels took a number of judges hostage.

In the operation to retake the building, all of the rebels and eleven of the judges were killed, and eleven people disappeared.

General Arias was found guilty of their forced disappearance.

He was also banned from public office for 20 years.

General Arias was the commander of the military in the capital, Bogota, when rebels from the left-wing M-19 movement took control of the city's palace of justice.
 
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