'Popeye', hitman responsible for scores of murders, released from Columbian jail

  • Jhon Jairo Velasquez, better known by his nickname Popeye, has been released from Combita prison in Columbia after completing around 60% of his sentence.

    He got a reduction for good behavior and studying, according to media reports.

    ‘Popeye’, the key hitman of Pablo Escobar, carried out scores of killings for his boss, a drug lord, in the 1980s.

    Velasquez, 52, who spent 22 years in jail, was allegedly responsible for several high-profile assassinations, including that of Luis Galan, a presidential candidate, in 1989.


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