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Judge jails 15 Colombian soldiers

Aug 04--A Colombian judge has sentenced 15 soldiers to up to 30 years in prison for killing civilians and presenting them as rebels.

4 de agosto de 2009

The case involved two restaurant workers killed in 2006.

The soldiers were among those accused of "false positives", in which killings were faked to claim success against rebels or drug cartels.

The Colombian attorney general's office is investigating more than a thousand such murders.

Among those sentenced on Saturday were an officer, three subordinates and six ordinary soldiers who were found to have taken part in the killing of the two restaurant workers and were sentenced to 30 years.

Five others were sentenced to four years in jail for covering up details about the case.

The men disappeared on their way home from work in May 2006. Their bodies were later presented as rebels killed in combat.
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