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Arrest of a comandante: Colombian radical extradited to face trial here
The Washington Times ^ | July 19, 2009 | Oliver North

Posted on 07/19/2009 2:34:51 AM PDT by Scanian

He calls himself "Cesar," but his real name is Gerardo Aguilar Ramirez. As "comandante" of the 1st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia -- and one of the top 10 leaders of the hyperviolent FARC -- he has well-earned credentials as a drug-dealing terrorist with a penchant for trading in hostages.

On Thursday, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents put Cesar in shackles, marched him aboard an aircraft here in Bogota and took him to the United States to stand trial for his crimes. Our Fox News' "War Stories" team was here to record the event -- and a whole lot more -- so we can tell the story about the heroes who are waging and winning the shadowy fight against narco-terror.

That may not be a familiar term to most of us, but narco-terror is nothing new to the 5,300 special agents of the DEA -- or the allies they have made in 63 nations around the world. Here in Colombia, which is the source of half the world's cocaine, FARC thugs, such as Cesar, have made themselves "high-value targets" in the twilight struggle against illegal narcotics and terrorism. When he was arrested July 2, 2008, during a dramatic hostage-rescue operation, Cesar was holding 15 hostages; among them were Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three American citizens.

Ms. Betancourt was taken hostage by the FARC on Feb. 23, 2002, while she was campaigning for the Colombian presidency. The three American civilians were taken hostage Feb. 13, 2003, when their U.S. government drug-surveillance aircraft crash-landed in Colombia's southwestern Caqueta province -- not far from a FARC stronghold.

Guerrillas quickly surrounded the wrecked plane and proceeded to murder the American pilot, Tom Janis, and a Colombian intelligence specialist, Sgt. Luis Alcides Cruz.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dea; farc; narcoterrorism

1 posted on 07/19/2009 2:34:52 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Gotta love it when a creep like this is brought to the U.S. to face justice.
Were this guy left to face the music in Columbia or another banana republic in South America the guy would live like a king in those jails and eventually produce some kind of get out of jail card there.
Whereas here he will stay in the hoosegow.

2 posted on 07/19/2009 2:45:43 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (Patrick)
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