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Colombian Sets Surrender Terms

September 26, 2002|From Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia — Right-wing paramilitary chief Carlos Castano, indicted by the United States on drug trafficking charges, insisted Wednesday that he is innocent but imposed conditions for his surrender to U.S. authorities.

Castano said in a radio interview broadcast nationwide that his main condition for surrender was that his children be moved to the U.S. "because here in Colombia they will certainly be killed."

Colombian authorities have indicated that they would approve Washington's extradition request if Castano, who has two sons and whose wife is pregnant, is caught.

U.S. officials allege that he and two other leaders of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, have transported nearly 15 tons of cocaine into the U.S. since 1997.

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