Colombian Paramilitary's Wife Gets Refuge

The United States has granted refuge to the wife a drug trafficking suspect wanted in the United States and whose paramilitary group is considered a terrorist organization, a senior U.S. envoy has confirmed. Kenia Gomez, wife of Carlos Castano, a founder of the feared United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, went to U.S. officials for help after her husband disappeared during a gun battle with paramilitary rivals in northwest Colombia last April. “A few months ago, the wife of Castano asked for refuge in the United States, terrified by the disappearance of her husband, and we — previously having consulted with the Colombian government — conceded it for humanitarian reasons,” U.S. Ambassador to Colombia William Wood said in an interview in the current edition of the Colombian news magazine Semana. Full Story

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