Colombia Investigating 22 Generals Over Extrajudicial Killing Scandal

Colombia's attorney-general has said he will step up investigations of 22 army generals for their alleged role in the killing of dozens of civilians in a notorious episode of the country's five-decade conflict. The extrajudicial killings involve hundreds of innocent men killed by security forces, who passed them off as guerrillas killed in battle to inflate the body count in the government's war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Under pressure from victims' families and the United Nations to punish those responsible for the abuses, known locally as the 'false positives' affair, Montealegre said high-ranking officers were under investigation.



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