January 12, 1998 |
Hundreds of prisoners rioted in a jail in southwestern Colombia on Sunday and took at least 585 visitors, mostly women, hostage, a police official said. Police officers and army troops surrounded the San Isidro jail in the city of Popayan, capital of Cauca province, but were ordered not to force their way in, a police spokesman said.
April 29, 2000 |
Rioting that broke out after an inmate's mutilated body was found stuffed in a prison sewer pipe led to 26 deaths before the unrest ended Friday, the worst bloodletting in Colombia's violent prison system. The Modelo federal prison melee between paramilitary fighters and common criminals marked the collapse of a nonviolence pact signed by inmates at the facility in Bogota, the capital, two months ago.