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  1. Soacha, Colombia

  2. Diego Tamayo, 23 years old, unemployed. Disappeared August 23 of 2008, he was murdered three days later. Diego was last seen heading to a job interview. His mother had to travel 16 hours to recover her son´s body. He was buried the night of September the 3rd in Bogota.

  3. Estiven Valencia, 16 years old, unemployed. Disappeared on February 6 of 2008, killed by the Colombian army two days later. His family had information of his death nine months later.

  4. Julian´s Bedroom.

  5. Julian Oviedo Monroy, 19 years old. Kidnapped in march 2 of 2008 by the Colombian army and killed one day later. His family recovered his body 6 months later in Santander, Colombia, to 16 hours from Bogota.

  6. Francisco Rojas, disappeared August 18 of 2005.

  7. Jader Andres Palacio, 20 years old. Kidnapped in Bogota in August 23 of 2008, killed two days later on the northern part of the country by the Colombian army. He was presented as an alleged member of a drug gang. His mother recovered his body on September 7 of 2008. He was shoot eight times. His son was born five days after his funeral.

  8. Fair Leonardo Porras Bernal, 26 years old. On January 8 of 2008, he was kidnapped on the streets of Soacha, Bogota. Presented as the leader of a drug trafficking gang killed in combat. Fair had intellectual disability since birth. His family spends eight months looking for his body.

  9. Mario Alexander Arenas Garzón, 33 years old. Construction worker. Disappeared January 2 of 2008, and murdered thee days later by the Colombian army, the report read killed in combat. His family recovered his body August 25 of 2008.

  10. William Murad. Disappeared July 28 of 2001.

False positive


False positives refers to the Colombian army´s alleged institutionalized practice of executing civilians and then presenting them as rebels killed in combat. The soldiers then claimed credit for the "kills" and received weekend passes and other benefits.

The scandal burst open on October 2008, with the discovery in northeastern Colombia of the bodies of a score of young men who had disappeared from Soacha, a poor town in the outskirts of Bogota. The men had been buried in common graves as if they were guerrillas killed in combat.

In early 2009 the Attorney General´s Office had 716 cases under investigation related to possible "false positives" and the justice department had 943 cases.

These young men were criminals ... "were not just picking coffee on a farm"
President Alvaro Uribe

Tuesday, September 8 2008.
Press conference on false positives, Bogotá, Colombia.