Textbook case of “perverse incentives”

I don’t know why this stuff keeps surprising me.

14 July

Colombian colonel sentenced for faking civilian murders

A Colombian army colonel has admitted his unit murdered 57 civilians, then dressed them in uniforms and claimed they were rebels killed in combat.
Colonel Luis Fernando Borja was sentenced to 21 years, reduced from 42 years for accepting responsibility.
In a typical case in 2007, Borja admitted two men were lured to their deaths with supposed promises of work.
He is the most senior officer convicted so far in what has become known as the “false positives” scandal.
The scandal arose from a body bag culture in the army, in which soldiers were rewarded with prestige and promotions according to the number of rebels they killed.

Those with long memories may remember similar shit going on in Vietnam.

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