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Colombian court authorizes former paramilitary chief's extradition to U.S.
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11:03, April 03, 2008

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Colombia's Supreme Court authorized on Wednesday the extradition to the United States of former paramilitary chief Carlos Mario Jimenez alias "Macaco," who is accused of illicit drug trafficking and money laundering.

The court's President Francisco Ricaurte said on Wednesday that "Macaco, former commander of the Bolivar Central Block, that operated in northern Colombia, is wanted by a U.S. court in the District of Columbia".

"The former regional chief of Colombia's United Self-Defense (AUC) paramilitary group must stand trial for drug trafficking and money laundering, as well as financing terrorism," stated Ricaurte.

Jimenez's case will now be handed over to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who has refused to extradite former paramilitaries demobilized in mid 2006.

President Alvaro Uribe said he would sign the order to extradite Carlos Jimenez, adding "the government announced its decision and it will be carried out."

If Jimenez loses the Peace and Justice Law benefits, created by Uribe's government to demobilize the AUC, he will be extradited.

Jimenez is accused of continuing to commit crimes while imprisoned in Colombia.

Colombia's Supreme Court also called on the executive power to comply with legal principles, to try to make ultra right-wingers confess the truth about their crimes and repair damages with real repentance.


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