General gets 40 years over massacre

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A COLOMBIAN court has jailed a retired army general for 40 years for his role in overseeing the notorious 1997 massacre of at least 49 suspected guerrilla sympathisers in the village of Mapiripan by far-right militias.

The sentence imposed on Jaime Humberto Uscategui is the most severe imposed on a senior Colombian officer in a case of collusion with the country's right-wing death squads.

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