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Pilots sentenced in '98 bombing

September 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A judge has found two Colombian air force pilots guilty of murder and sentenced each to 31 years in prison for the 1998 cluster-bombing of a village that killed 17 people.

Judge Martin Suarez found that the pilots, both lieutenants, had acted impetuously, failing to distinguish between civilians and leftist rebels in the attack on Santo Domingo in the northeastern state of Arauca.

Suarez ordered the two pilots, Cesar Romero and Johan Jimenez, to be jailed immediately. Both had enjoyed provisional liberty.

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