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Colombia court approves peace tribunals ahead of congressional vote

From Reuters - November 14, 2017

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombias constitutional court said in a ruling late on Tuesday that special justice tribunals outlined in a peace deal between the government and the Marxist FARC rebels are constitutional, ahead of a congressional vote on the subject.

The court upheld most of the provisions agreed in the 2016 peace accord for the special courts, which will mete out alternative sentences like landmine removal for ex-guerrilla leaders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who are convicted of war crimes.

Congress is holding debates on a law which would approve the tribunals. The bill has been backed by committees in both the upper and lower houses and is expected to be put to floor votes this week.

President Juan Manuel Santos, speaking on television after the courts decision, urged congress to pass the law as quickly as possible.

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