Jhon Jairo Velasquez, nicknamed Popeye, at Combita prison on 22 Nov 2009
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Colombia frees hired killer 'Popeye'

One of Colombia's most notorious hired killers has been released from prison after serving 22 years of a 30-year sentence.

Jhon Jairo Velasquez, nicknamed Popeye, was the top hit-man of late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar.

The BBC's Arturo Wallace in Bogota says Colombia is divided over his early release.

  • 27 Aug 2014
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