Hired Killer ‘Popeye’ Sets Free


John Jairo Velasquez, known as Popeye, who was one of Colombia’s most notorious hired killers has been released from prison after serving 22 years of a 30-year sentence.

Popeye was the top hit man of late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar.

He admitted that he had killed 300 people and also claimed a hand in up to 3,000 killings in the 1980s and 1990s.

On the other hand he also gave evidence against an ex-justice minister convicted of ordering the killing of a rival.

To start a probation period of four years Popeye walked free from the Combat high-security prison on Tuesday.

He was left under heavy police protection, a sign of the risks he believes he will face outside jail.

According to the reports several victims says that he still hasn’t paid for all his crimes, while others say that after two decades in jail it is time to give him a second chance.

Medaram Jathara

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