Colombian priest who led right-wing death squad arrested

05 February 2014 | by Isabel de Bertodano

A Colombian priest who led a brutal paramilitary group has been captured after going on the run to avoid prison.

Oscar Albeiro Ortiz was convicted of criminal conspiracy in absentia last August, receiving a sentence of 19 years.

He was rearrested on 30 January in the mountainous state of Risaralda.

The sentencing document said that for nearly a decade from 2003, Fr Albeiro ran an organisation engaged in murder, extortion and forced displacement.

A witness quoted in the sentence described Ortiz “as a person of two faces: the good angel and the bad angel”.

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