Limited Ruling Paves Way for International Criminal Court

Limited Ruling Paves Way for International Criminal Court

By Susana Pimiento

Aftermath of a Massacre

On June 5, the Antioquia State Court overturned the acquittal for four of ten Army officers in the case of the 2005 San José de Apartadó massacre and sentenced them to 34 years in prison. Though this ruling could be interpreted as a positive step in the struggle for justice, its limited scope has reaffirmed what the Peace Community has argued for years: that the Colombian judicial system is not willing to hold higher ranking officials accountable for their role in the massacre, but instead limits verdicts to lower ranking officers who were in the field when the massacre took place. In response, the Peace Community has officially requested that the United Nations International Criminal Court take the case.
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