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Colombia Proposes 10-Year Terms for Paramilitary Atrocities

A panel of legislators plans to present President Álvaro Uribe’s government with a bill this week that would provide prison sentences of up to 10 years for any right-wing paramilitary fighters found guilty of atrocities and require them to return any ill-gotten gains, according to people who have worked on the proposed legislation. The proposed penalties would form part of the government’s conditions for a peace agreement with the United Self-Defense Forces, a right-wing militia financed by landowners and drug traffickers that emerged in the 1990’s to combat the Marxist rebels who have fought against the government for the past four decades. Full Story

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