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Colombia court convicts ex-lawmaker in massacre

Wednesday - 5/15/2013, 9:50pm  ET

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's Supreme Court has convicted a former longtime congressman of being the mastermind behind the massacre of 43 people by right-wing paramilitary fighters in the north of the country more than two decades ago. It has sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

The high court says the 78-year-old Cesar Perez Garcia was found responsible for a "crime against humanity" as the result of the mass slaying the night of Nov. 11, 1988, in an area about 300 kilometers (about 185 miles) northwest of Bogota.

The court's press office said Wednesday that he ex-lawmaker was found guilty of homicide, personal injury and criminal conspiracy.

Defense lawyer Jorge Anibal Gomez calls the verdict unfair.


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