Two 14-Year-Olds Covered in Petrol and Set Alight by Police Officers in Bogota

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 15 February 2009

Colombian police officers in the capital Bogota have been accused of trying to murder two teenagers that they had detained by handcuffing them, covering them in gasoline and then setting the boys alight. Both of the unnamed 14-year-olds, who were handcuffed during their ordeal, survived the attack which occurred in the police station in the Rafael Uribe Uribe neighbourhood of Bogota where they had been taken at around 3am on February 9th this year.

In comments to reporters about the incident, the Inspector General of the Colombian police, General Guillermo Aranda Leal, appeared to try and justify what had happened by claiming that not much petrol had actually been poured onto the boys.

"It is all being investigated but it does appear that the police officers only used a small quantity of gasoline that was in a soft drink bottle", said the General. It is not clear what has happened to the officers involved or if they have been charged or disciplined.

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