Colombian rebel chief convicted for murder of 3 U.S. citizens

The military chief of Colombia’s biggest guerrilla army was sentenced in absentia to 39 years in prison for the murder six years ago of three U.S. Indian-rights workers, local media reported.The source said that the insurgent leader, better known by the alias “Mono Jojoy,” had ordered the murder of Terence Freitas, Lahenaee Gay and Ingrid Washinawatok.

The three foreigners were found dead on March 3, 1999, on the Venezuela side of the Arauca River, which forms part of Colombia’s northeast border with the neighboring country. Full Story

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