Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Farc Leader Guilty of US Kidnaps

Ricardo Palmera, Farc rebel leader,has been convicted by a US jury of plotting to hold three Americans hostage after they were captured in Colombia. After their aircraft crashed in the jungle during a mission to find illegal drug crops in 2003, the three US government contractors were taken by Farc. Though convicted over the hostages, who remain in Farc hands, the jury is still deliberating terrorism charges. Palmera, known as Simon Trinidad, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit hostage taking and now faces up to 30 years in prison. Once this trial is over, he will be tried om drug charges too.

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