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FILE - In this  June 27, 2006, file photo, John Jairo Velasquez, a former hit man for Pablo Escobar, gives his testimony while holding a book titled "The True Pablo, Blood, Treason, and Death," during the trial against Alberto Santofimio Botero in Bogota, Colombia. Velasquez, better known by his nickname “Popeye,” was released Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014, under heavy police surveillance from a maximum security prison northeast of Bogota after 23 years behind bars for plotting the murder of a former presidential candidate.
William Fernando Martinez, File/AP Photo

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

A former hit man for Pablo Escobar, who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of the drug kingpin's army of assassins, has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard.

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