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Colombia offers armed groups pay-a-fine plan

President Alvaro Uribe has proposed a controversial new way to encourage gunmen who committed massacres and other atrocities during Colombia’s civil war to lay down their weapons: pay a fine and skip prison. Interior Minister Fernando Londo@ntilde;o presented Congress with a bill that would let members of illegal right- and left-wing armies win immunity by paying restitution to victims’ families or human rights groups. The logic: trigger widespread desertions by those who would otherwise be afraid to surrender because they face serious criminal charges. Full Story

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