Colombia Extradites Leftist Rebel to U.S.
A Colombian rebel suspected in the murders of three Americans was flown under heavy security to the United States Wednesday — the first guerrilla extradited by Colombia to face U.S. justice. Nelson Vargas Rueda, a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has been accused in the 1999 execution-style murders of Terence Freitas, 24, of Los Angeles; Ingrid Washinawatok, 41, of New York City; and Lahe’ena’e Gay, 39, of Pahoa, Hawaii. The Americans were in Colombia to help set up a school system for the 5,000-member U’wa Indian tribe, in the vast eastern plains bordering Venezuela. Rebels kidnapped them in February 1999 and later shot them to death. Their bodies were found across the border in Venezuela. Police helicopters transported Vargas from jail to Bogota’s international airport, where FBI agents took him in custody for the flight, the police said. The U.S. Justice Department said Vargas bound for Miami, where he would probably make a court appearance on Thursday. Full Story