'AUC founders were given state seized property' http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/15443-auc-founders-were-given-state-seized-property.html
Founding members of the paramilitary organization the AUC, brothers Vicente and Carlos Castaño, were trustees of Colombia's drug enforcement agency for over 15 years.Despite having numerous arrest warrants against them, the Castaños appear to have been granted the estate of the DNE seized property of "Las Tangas" in the northern department of Cordoba. This farm later became emblematic of the conflict, being used as a site for AUC massacres.Carlos Castaño allegedly utilized the Peace Foundation of Cordoba (Funpazcor) to front the ownership of the farm, even selling parts of it to fellow paramilitaries "Don Berna," and "Monoleche."
As late as 2007, the farm was still apparently occupied by the Castaño's half-sister, until it was finally seized by the Prosecutor General's Office. Only last year was the 12,355 acre property divided up and given as compensation to victims of the paramilitaries.The current head of the DNE, Juan Carlos Restrepo, told El Tiempo that the file regarding the full history of Las Tangas will be handed over to the Prosecutor General's Office to try and determine how the drug agency allowed the AUC to continue its presence there.
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