Headlines | 9/25/2008 12:00:00 AM
20 arrest warrants ordered for Trujillo massacre
Even though the Attorney General’s Office did not publish the names of the 20 people they ordered arrest warrants against, it did reveal that within that group there are former Colombian military officers, politicians, former public employees and paramilitaries. These people are being accused of having participated in the crimes committed against the town of Trujillo (in the department of Valle in the south east of Colombia) where more than 245 people were killed during 1986 and 1994. These terrible massacres were ordered by noted drug traffickers Henry Loaiza Ceballos, better known as ‘el Alacrán’; and Diego León Montoya, ‘Don Diego’, who are both already in prison. The Human Rights Unit of the Attorney General’s Office traveled to Trujillo and investigated the killings, where most of the victims were thrown to the Cauca River after being dismembered with chain saws. These 20 people are being charged with the crimes of first degree murder and forced disappearances. Other 60 people are being investigated for this crime as well.