Americas As Colombia pursues peace, paramilitary killers walk free from jail

A 2006 demobilization of Colombia's feared right-wing militias hinged on limited jail times for those who confessed their crimes. The government and FARC rebels are holding peace talks to end five decades of civil war. 

By , Correspondent

Sibylla Brodzinsky

When Carlos Mario Ospina joined a rightwing paramilitary group in 1997, Colombia's militias were just beginning to extend their writ in his province. To drive out leftist guerillas, they carried out a series of gruesome massacres, forcible disappearances, and murders, often in collusion with state security forces.