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From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: The U.S. government unsealed a 10-count indictment Monday against eight Colombi
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Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 18:34:43 -0500
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 18:41:36 EST
Organization: Bell Sympatico
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government unsealed a 10-count
indictment Monday against eight Colombians accused of kidnapping
five American oil workers and killing one of them after his
company refused to pay a ransom.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Roscoe Howard called
said the men were members of a violent terrorist group that was
responsible numerous kidnappings and one murder between 1997 and
``This indictment demonstrates the deep commitment the United
States has to ensure that transgressions committed against United
States nationals abroad will not go unpunished,'' Howard said.
``We will continue to doggedly pursue terrorists and terrorist
groups who attempt to extort U.S. companies, take American
hostages and murder innocent civilians as long as it takes and
wherever they may attempt to hide,'' he said.
The men indicted were charged with conspiracy to commit
hostage-taking, hostage-taking and hostage-taking resulting in
death and murder of a U.S. national.
U.S. authorities on Saturday extradited two of those accused of
participating in the kidnapping. Colombian authorities handed
over Juan Luis Bravo and Henrri Jamioy Quistial to FBI agents at
El Dorado International Airport in Bogota. The men were then
flown to Miami. They are expected to appear before a Washington,
D.C. federal court later this week.
Howard said he group indicted used extreme violence to carry out
their kidnappings. Among their hostages was Ronald Sander, 54, an
employee of Tulsa, Okla.-based Helmerich & Payne Inc. Sander was
seized in October 2000 in an oil field in Ecuador along with four
other Americans and three other hostages. He was found in January
2001 on a jungle road. Authorities said he had been shot five
times in the back and was covered in a white sheet scrawled with
the message: ``I am a gringo. For nonpayment of ransom. HP
Sander was killed after the kidnappers refused to budge from an
$80 million ransom demand.
The remaining hostages - including a Chilean, an Argentine and a
New Zealander - were freed two months later, reportedly after a
$13 million ransom was paid just before the kidnappers' deadline
to kill a second captive.
The other three Colombians named in the indictment are Gerardo
Herrera Iles, Cristobal Alvarado Herrera and Jose del Carmen
Alvarez Iles. The remaining three were not named because two are
fugitives and one government officials refused to name.
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