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Attorney on edge as warlord in Colombia remains missing

Joaquin Perez should have been focused on one thing. Perez, an attorney who graduated from the University of Massachusetts and Boston College Law School, was part of the host committee at a local fund-raiser on April 20 for Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry. His job was to make Kerry feel at home.But Perez had other serious matters to preoccupy him. Perez, who represents some of the most notorious drug traffickers in the Southern Hemisphere, was concerned about the Colombian right-wing paramilitary leader Carlos Castaño. Castaño was targeted April 16 when gunmen went after him and his family at a jungle hide-out in northern Colombia. He is thought to have escaped, although several of his bodyguards were killed. Full Story

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