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Threats against witnesses in colonel Hernán Mejía Gutierrez case denounced

Threats against witnesses in colonel Hernán Mejía Gutierrez case denounced

Sandra Castro, coordinator for the Human Rights Unit at the attorney general’s office denounced obstruction to justice in the case against colonel Hernán Mejía Gutierrez, who has been investigated for possible links with paramilitary groups while he was commander of the La Popa battalion from 2002 to 2004 in the state of Valledupar in the north of Colombia. In approximately a year at least two witnesses who spoke against him have been killed, an many others have taken back their declarations because of apparent threats made against their lives.

Castro states in a letter, –that was revealed today by radio Station W Radio- sent to both the attorney general as well as the prosecutor general, that the colonel always appears at the hearings wearing his military uniform and has accused the attorney investigators of drawing up a montage against him, putting them in clear danger and showing an obvious obstruction to justice “that might en up in a decision of exoneration of the responsibility, but not because the innocence of the accused is proven, but because of a lack of proves generated by the fear of the witnesses of to state their accusations and of the investigator of going deeper into the search of truth”.

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