March 24, 2002 |
The Colombian army on Saturday captured two suspected rebels accused of hijacking a jetliner to kidnap a senator on board--an incident that escalated the country's decades-long civil war. The Feb. 20 hijacking prompted the Colombian government to end three years of peace talks with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
April 26, 2001 |
Brazil's most powerful drug lord, Luiz Fernando da Costa, arrived here Wednesday, five days after he was captured in Colombia. Da Costa arrived in Brasilia aboard a Brazilian air force plane and was taken to police headquarters. Da Costa, with one arm in a sling tucked under a bulletproof vest, was briefly shown to reporters at the headquarters, his first public appearance in Brazil in five years.
February 16, 2001 |
A Colombian policeman was arrested on suspicion of trying to kill a U.S. television network reporter, a police official said. Raul Benoit, a Colombian correspondent for Univision Communications Inc., the leading Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S., was unharmed after shots were fired at him in Cali. The suspect, Carlos Emilio Molina, was shot and wounded by one of Benoit's bodyguards and arrested at the scene, National Police Gen. Ernesto Gilibert said.
October 30, 1999 |
A man who posed as a monk or charity worker to gain the confidence of his young victims has confessed to torturing, raping and murdering about 140 children during a five-year, nationwide killing spree in Colombia, authorities said Friday. The confession appears to end an investigation into serial killings that have shocked this nation, despite Colombians' frequent exposure to massacres linked to a prolonged civil war and to slayings related to the illegal drug trade.
March 27, 1998 |
Leftist rebels are holding four American bird-watchers that they abducted at a roadblock south of the capital, a government official said Thursday. The four were among 27 people taken captive. The Americans--three men and a woman--were on a bird-watching trip Monday when they were stopped at a rebel roadblock 35 miles south of Bogota, the official said. The U.S. Embassy had no immediate comment.
February 26, 1998 |
Armed investigators captured Colombia's billionaire "emerald czar" Victor Carranza, wanted on charges of organizing a right-wing death squad, in a raid on his house in northern Bogota, the capital. Carranza, 63, controls two of Colombia's four biggest emerald mines and has a major stake in another.