Retired army colonel Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega, who on June 9 had been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the disappearance of eleven civilians in 1985, is still not in prison despite calls to do so by the judge and victim families.
According to RCN Radio, the retired colonel on Friday “was transferred to the Army Infantry School in Bogota from a cell to face trial over the disappearances victims of the holocaust of the Palace of Justice.”
Before, Plazas Vega was in a military hospital until prosecuting investigators concluded that the retired colonel’s health allowed him to be transferred to the La Picota prison in Bogota.
Families of victims also repeatedly asked for Plazas Vega to be transferred from military facilities to a common prison.
Following the trial, the judge, who ordered authorities to transfer the retired colonel to jail so his sentence could take effect, had to flee the country over alleged death threats.
Plazas Vega was sentenced for his role in the disappearance of eleven civilians who were rescued from the Palace of Justice during the 1985 occupation by M-19 guerrillas.