May 6, 1995 |
A man described as a "narco-terrorist" for killing 110 people with a bomb he planted on a Colombian jetliner was sentenced Friday to 10 life prison terms. The Avianca flight blew up over Bogota, Colombia, on Nov. 27, 1989. It was not until 1991 that Dandeny Munoz-Mosquera, already in prison other charges, was indicted in the case. Munoz-Mosquera was portrayed at his trial as a hired killer and drug smuggler in the violent Medellin cartel, then headed by Pablo Escobar.
August 15, 1992 |
The State Department posted a $2-million reward Friday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Pablo Escobar, the fugitive Colombian drug lord wanted in the United States to face trial for drug trafficking and terrorism. The reward, announced under a 1985 federal law authorizing rewards in drug and terrorism cases, came a day after a U.S.
September 28, 1991 |
A man described as the top assassin for the Medellin drug cartel could face a number of serious U.S. charges. So far, he has been charged only with lying about his name when DEA agents arrested him at a telephone booth in Queens. Speculation about whom Dandeny Munoz Mosquera might have been sent to kill in the United States ranged from witnesses in the drug trial of former Panama leader Manuel A. Noriega to the sons of a rival cartel leader.
August 14, 1992 |
Pablo Escobar, a fugitive Colombian drug cartel kingpin, and an associate reputed to be his chief assassin were indicted Thursday on federal charges of conspiring to plant the bomb that blew an Avianca Airlines jetliner out of the sky over Colombia in 1989, killing 110 people, including two U.S. citizens.
April 16, 1997 |
FBI crime laboratory experts gave inaccurate testimony at the trials of defendants in the World Trade Center blast and the 1989 bombing of Avianca Flight 203 in Colombia, and lab scientists and technicians used shoddy analysis and did not follow procedures in scores of other cases, the Justice Department's inspector general concluded Tuesday. Those findings, coupled with serious problems in the way lab officials conducted themselves in the Oklahoma City bombing and the O.J.