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Colombian Insurgents May Dodge Jail

Colombia’s government has endorsed a plan to not send right-wing paramilitary leaders to jail for their insurgency violence if they follow through on promises to disarm, the nation’s peace commissioner said. Luis Carlos Restrepo told reporters Friday that the government is planning alternative ways for the outlawed fighters to pay for their crimes, such as financial compensations to families of their victims. Congress must still approve the plan. “For those who have committed crimes against humanity, we are looking for punishment that is not jail, where they can make amends for the damage they’ve done,” Restrepo said. The right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, promised this week to begin peace talks and start demobilizing its 10,000 troops by the end of the year. Full Story

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