In the middle of a JEP hearing, former soldiers confessed false positives in Casanare • Al Punto

In the middle of a JEP hearing, former soldiers confessed false positives in Casanare • Al Punto
In the middle of a JEP hearing, former soldiers confessed false positives in Casanare • Al Punto

In a momentous event in the search for truth and justice in Colombia, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) held a hearing in Yopal, where former soldiers and a corporal retired from the Army and the Military Gaula delivered testimonies that shed light on a dark chapter of the recent history of the country: the extrajudicial executions in the department of Casanare.

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One of the key witnesses, Antonio, who served in Brigade 16 for six years as a professional soldier, revealed the existence of a special group known as Atila 33 or Atila 4. According to his testimony, this group was created in 2006 with a specific mission. : create false positives. Antonio claimed that this group’s only reason for existing was to commit extrajudicial executions to inflate the numbers of military achievements.

Another ex-soldier, whose identity is being kept confidential for security reasons, described how paramilitaries from San Agustín, Casanare, managed to infiltrate the ranks of the army. During his training in the Battalion, he recognized individuals who had previously been seen carrying weapons and self-defense uniforms in the region. This revelation suggests a worrying collaboration between military forces and paramilitary groups.

These testimonies presented at the JEP hearing in Yopal point to a worrying connection between high military commanders and the planning and execution of extrajudicial executions in Casanare. The involvement of retired Major Gustavo Soto Bracamonte, former Gaula de Casanare commander, as the main person responsible for many of these operations raises serious questions about integrity and ethics within the Colombian military forces. These revelations are crucial to the search for truth, justice and reconciliation in Colombia.


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