27K Colombians 'disappeared,' prosecutors say

October 19, 2009 12:23:56 PM PDT
A senior prosecutor says more than 27,000 people have been forcibly disappeared in Colombia since the late 1980s -- at least 75 percent by illegal far-right militias.It's the first official number on the subject and is based chiefly on recent confessions of demobilized militia fighters and relatives of those missing and presumed killed.

Prosecutor Luis Gonzalez told local media on Monday that investigators continue to compile data and it's not clear how many bodies have been recovered of the 27,384 listed as missing. A government peace pact with far-right militias led more than 30,000 fighters to demobilize.

Under Colombian law, forced disappearance is punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

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