5 Dec 2010

Sentence reduced for paramilitary killer

6:18 am on 5 December 2010

A former paramilitary commander in Colombia who ordered the killing of more than 4000 people has been sentenced to prison for eight years under an amnesty programme.

Jorge Ivan Laverde, known as the Iguana, has admitted killing 100 people himself.

He was originally sentenced to 40 years in prison by a court for murder, torture and acts of terrorism.

But the sentence was cut on Friday to eight years, the maximum penalty, under a government amnesty aimed at healing the wounds of past fighting.

The BBC reports Laverde turned himself in six years ago. At the same time, he handed over more than 1000 weapons, 200 two-way radios, 11 vehicles, eight canoes and 45 mules.