Colombian capo Pablo Escobar's former hit man freed from prison despite protests

August 27, 2014 4:07 AM

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Colombian capo Pablo Escobar's former hit man freed from prison despite protests

BOGOTA, Colombia – A former hit man for Pablo Escobar, who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of the drug kingpin's army of assassins, was freed from prison on Tuesday amid angry protests by his many alleged victims.

John Jairo Velasquez, better known by his nickname "Popeye," was released in the evening under heavy police surveillance from a maximum security prison northeast of Bogota. He had spent 22 years behind bars for plotting the murder of a former presidential candidate.

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