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Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

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The measure grants special legal treatment, amnesty and pardon to members of the FARC who are accused of political and related crimes.
The measure grants special legal treatment, amnesty and pardon to members of the FARC who are accused of political and related crimes.
AFP, 29 Dec. 2016- Colombia's Congress on Wednesday passed a law granting amnesty to FARC rebels as part of the country's peace deal, a development the government hailed as "historic."
"Thanks to the Congress which in a historic vote approved the amnesty law, first step toward consolidating peace," President Juan Manuel Santos said on Twitter.
The measure grants special legal treatment, amnesty and pardon to members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) accused of political and related crimes.
The Senate passed the bill 69-0, after the House of Representatives approved it 121-0.
The amnesty bill is part of the November 24 pact aimed at ending five decades of conflict.
The conflict has killed more than 260,000 people and left 45,000 missing.

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