Former paramilitary commander “Diego Vecino” was charged with aggravated homicide Tuesday for participating in a massacre in February 2000.
Edward Cobos Tellez, alias “Diego Vecino,” former head of Heroes de los Montes de Maria Block of the AUC paramilitary organization, was ordered to be held without bail by a human rights and international humanitarian law prosecutor who investigated the massacre.
According to the prosecutor, Cobos Tellez is accused of the crimes of aggravated homicide, forced displacement, rape, aggravated robbery and arson committed between February 16 and 18, 2000, in the village of El Salao in the municipality of Carmen de Bolivar in the department of Bolivar, northwest Colombia.
The Heroes de los Montes de Maria Block entered El Salao and murdered between 38 and 66 inhabitants, according to different news sources, burned houses, stole property and forced the displacement of other residents.
Cobos Tellez is being held in La Picota jail in Bogota.