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U.S. Asks for Extradition of Senior Colombia Rebel

The United States has requested the extradition of Simon Trinidad, the most senior member of Colombia’s FARC guerrilla army ever captured, the guerrilla’s lawyer said. Trinidad, a former high society banker who joined the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in 1987, was served a copy of the extradition request this week in connection with drug trafficking, kidnapping and terrorism charges. “There are two very vague charges that refer to shipping, or conspiring to ship, five kilograms or more of cocaine and taking hostages,” Trinidad’s lawyer, Oscar Silva, said in an interview late on Friday. “But they don’t say what issues, specifically, are at issue,” Silva added. Colombia’s Supreme Court would now have to rule on the extradition request, he said. Full Story

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