Colombian Cash for Kills
A treacherous effect of violence has brought more blood shed in Columbia. Cash for kills is a deadly scam. Between 2002 and 2010 the Colombian military would lure young men to their deaths with promise of employment, only to kill them and display them as “combat kills”. These murders were used as a way to receive financial compensation during wartime. It is said that they would redress the corpses in Farc uniforms and drive the bodies hundreds of miles into the jungle. They would then photograph the corpses and turn them in for money, “Cash for Kills”.
A book recently published by a former Colombian Police Colonel , describes a staggering number of deaths committed in this “Cash for Kills” way. It is said that over 10,000 young innocent men were murdered in this effort by military forces. The death toll puts a staggering weight on Columbia’s future justice process. The already struggling post-conflict justice system is now only worsened with this reveal of parlous and monstrous murders. With the new numbers in light, the question is what will happen? What will be the repercussions of these operations? The fact is that this does raise the possibility of an intervention of the ICC, the International Crime Courts. With a hearing to be proposed the results will bring more detriment to the already struggling Country.
A Quote From The Guardian:
But a new study co-authored by a former police colonel alleges that the practice was far more widespread than previously reported: according to authors Omar Rojas Bolaños and Fabian Leonardo Benavides, approximately 10,000 civilians were executed by the army between 2002 and 2010 – more than three times the number tallied by human rights groups.
In their book Extrajudicial Executions in Colombia, 2002-2010 – Blind Obedience in Fictitious Battlefields, the authors describe how Colombia’s army systematically killed civilians to boost their body counts.
“We can call them ‘false positives’ or ‘extrajudicial executions’, but really these were cold-blooded murders,” said Rojas, who previously served 31 years as a police officer. “They were meticulously planned and carried by all ranks.” Rojas said disabled boys were specifically targeted because of their vulnerability – as well as a handful of military men who were suspected of whistleblowing.
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