BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A longtime paramilitary warlord in Colombia who was sentenced to 40 years in prison for ordering hundreds of murders is being freed.
Ramon Isaza walked out of a Bogota jail on Tuesday after serving the maximum eight-year sentence granted to thousands of paramilitary fighters who surrendered and confessed their crimes under a 2006 peace accord.
Critics say Isaza never fully cooperated with investigations into massacres committed by his fighters. The 74-year-old has claimed he suffered from memory loss.
Isaza was one of the original leaders of the right-wing militias formed in the late 1970s to combat leftist rebels. In the 1990s he battled Pablo Escobar's Medellin cocaine cartel for control of lucrative drug routes in the lawless Magdalena Valley where Isaza's fighters were long dominant.