One retired and five active police officers were arrested Tuesday for allegedly taking part in a 1996 massacre that left six suspected FARC rebels dead.
A prosecutor issued the arrest warrant for the six officers, for their responsibility as co-perpetrators of the crimes of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated murder in what became known as the Mondoñedo massacre.
The massacre, which took place in early September 1996, actually involved three related incidences that resulted in four deaths at the Fute farm south of the capital on a hill known as Mondoñedo, one in the Kennedy district of Bogota, and the other one in neighboring Fontibon.
The victims in the Mondoñedo incident were tied up and shot in the head before their bodies were torched. The other two victims were shot by an unidentified man on a motorcycle.
Though the six victims killed in seperate incidences, it was determined by the prosecution to investigate the crimes together since the victims all were alleged members of the urban Antonio Nariño Front of the leftist rebel group FARC.