The dismembered remains of at least 100 prisoners and visitors have been discovered in drain pipes at a jail in Colombia’s capital.
At La Modelo jail in Bogota, one of the nation’s biggest penitentiaries, drug traffickers mix with Marxist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries in a seething cauldron of violence.
Body parts were also found in jails in the cities of Popayan, Bucaramanga and Barranquilla, said Caterina Heyck, an investigator at the attorney general’s office.
“The number of victims is unknown, but we know it’s over 100 and could be considerably higher,” she told reporters in Bogota.
“Remains of prisoners, visitors and others were thrown in the drainage system.”
Colombian jails are one of the most overcrowded and violent in Latin America and accommodate leftist guerrillas alongside their right-wing paramilitary enemies.
One investigation reported that showers and toilets are in deplorable conditions, water is only available four hours a day, and there is only one health professional to service all inmates – for four hours a day from Monday to Friday.