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December 14, 1996 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Congress here left President Ernesto Samper with half a loaf Friday by effectively shelving half of a tough anti-drug package. Legislators closed the current session without voting on a bill that would have doubled prison sentences for narcotics traffickers. Under intense pressure from Samper, they had passed a compromise version of a law to make it easier to confiscate drug traffickers' property. But the sentencing bill cannot be considered again until Congress reconvenes in March.
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December 12, 1997 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Colombia prepares to open its prison doors to ease overcrowding, many critics are charging that those who will benefit most from an early release program will be the nation's most notorious criminals. For that reason, legislation designed to relieve Colombia's cramped prison conditions has instead raised questions about the country's commitment to punishing drug trafficking and corruption.
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May 24, 1991 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Martinez, director of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Thursday he fears that Colombia's National Assembly might go beyond barring extradition of drug kingpins to the United States and interfere with development of a strong, independent judiciary in the country. Martinez returned Monday from a five-nation tour of drug-producing and transshipping countries.
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December 14, 1996 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Congress here left President Ernesto Samper with half a loaf Friday by effectively shelving half of a tough anti-drug package. Legislators closed the current session without voting on a bill that would have doubled prison sentences for narcotics traffickers. Under intense pressure from Samper, they had passed a compromise version of a law to make it easier to confiscate drug traffickers' property. But the sentencing bill cannot be considered again until Congress reconvenes in March.
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October 31, 1992 | STAN YARBRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This troubled nation's rate of more than five kidnapings a day, the world's highest, has motivated former victims and the families of those still held hostage to take action.
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December 12, 1997 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Colombia prepares to open its prison doors to ease overcrowding, many critics are charging that those who will benefit most from an early release program will be the nation's most notorious criminals. For that reason, legislation designed to relieve Colombia's cramped prison conditions has instead raised questions about the country's commitment to punishing drug trafficking and corruption.
NEWS
October 31, 1992 | STAN YARBRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This troubled nation's rate of more than five kidnapings a day, the world's highest, has motivated former victims and the families of those still held hostage to take action.
NEWS
May 24, 1991 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bob Martinez, director of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Thursday he fears that Colombia's National Assembly might go beyond barring extradition of drug kingpins to the United States and interfere with development of a strong, independent judiciary in the country. Martinez returned Monday from a five-nation tour of drug-producing and transshipping countries.
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