Raúl Carvajal, father of a Colombian military man who was the victim of “false positives, as extrajudicial executions committed by members of the Army are known in the country, died this Saturday at the age of 73, a victim of covid-19, as confirmed by his attorney.
“Don Raúl has just passed away, a victim of the covid. He gave all the battles with integrity and courage. He lost this one but his memory and strength must live in each one of us through his example. I will fulfill his promise to do justice for his son, “said Carvajal’s lawyer, Miguel Ángel del Río, on Twitter.
Don Raúl, as he was known, traveled the country for more than 10 years in his truck to demand justice in the case of his son, Corporal Raúl Antonio Carvajal Londoño, who according to his account was assassinated in 2006 by the Army itself and Presented as killed in combat with the FARC guerrillas because weeks before he had refused to murder two young men as part of a “false positive.”
Just the day before, former President Juan Manuel Santos ( 2010-2018) acknowledged that the policy of rewarding the casualties of guerrillas promoted during the government of Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010), of which he was Minister of Defense, encouraged “false positives” and he apologized “to all the mothers and all their families who were victims of this horror.”
The victims of these executions, mostly young people with low resources, were recruited by Army soldiers under false job offers and executed in other regions to present them as killed guerrillas and thus show better results to their superiors to obtain permits. prizes and other benefits.
Last February the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP ), created by the peace agreement signed by the Government and the FARC, established that at least 6,402 people were killed to be presented as combat casualties between 2002 and 2008, placing the most cases during the Uribe government.