Witnesses for sale: Professional liars are undermining justice system in Colombia

April 23, 2015 4:07 AM

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Witnesses for sale: Professional liars are undermining justice system in Colombia

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2009, file photo, freed hostage Sigifredo Lopez, second from left, reunites with his sons Lucas Lopez, left, Sergio Lopez, second from right, and his mother Nelly Tabon after his release from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Cali, Colombia. Lopez is Colombia’s best-known victim of a perjury, a widespread phenomenon undermining the country’s criminal justice system. He was kidnapped by leftist rebels in 2002 along with 11 other regional lawmakers before being released in 2009, escaping the fate of his fellow captives who the government says were killed by the rebels. Three years later he was detained and accused of complicity in the crime but prosecutors withdrew the case and charged his accusers with false testimony. (AP Photo/Christian Escobar Mora, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2012, file photo, former regional lawmaker Sigifredo Lopez gives an interview at his home in Cali, Colombia. Lopez is Colombia’s best-known victim of a perjury, a widespread phenomenon undermining the country’s criminal justice system. He was kidnapped by leftist rebels in 20...

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