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Cablegate: Csj Determines Arauca Case to Be Handled By

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UNCLAS BOGOTA 011756

SIPDIS

STATE PLEASE PASS TO USTR - CLATANOFF
LABOR FOR ILAB - JORGE PEREZ-LOPEZ
GENEVA FOR CHAMBERLIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM ELAB PINR PTER PGOV ETRD KJUS CO
SUBJECT: CSJ DETERMINES ARAUCA CASE TO BE HANDLED BY
CIVILIAN JUDICIARY

REF: A. BOGOTA 8193

B. BOGOTA 7901
C. BOGOTA 4633

1. On November 11, the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (CSJ)
determined that the Prosecutor General's Office ("Fiscalia")
will maintain control of and continue to investigate the
August 5 deaths of three trade unionists killed in Saravena,
Arauca Department, by members of the Colombian Army's 18th
Brigade.

2. The ruling officially grants jurisdiction over the case to
the civilian justice system, removing any possibility that
the case will be investigated exclusively by the military
itself. Post will continue to monitor the investigation and
report any further developments.
WOOD

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