May 22, 1990 |
Unhappy and unstable marriages between drug traffickers and terrorists are washing South American cocaine trails with blood. In Peru, fanatical Maoist guerrillas have built alliances with peasant growers of coca, the source of cocaine, and with the trafficker organizations. In neighboring Colombia, at different times and in different places, both leftist guerrillas and right-wing death squads have established opportunistic and lethal links with drug lords.
April 29, 1990 |
Tens of thousands of mourners crowded rain-drenched Bogota streets Saturday for a funeral march honoring assassinated presidential candidate Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, a guerrilla chieftain who became a champion of peace. Pizarro's leftist political movement, the Democratic Alliance M-19, announced that it will continue its campaign for May 27 presidential elections with another former guerrilla as its candidate.
March 9, 1990 |
A leftist guerrilla group responsible for seizing Colombia's Palace of Justice in a bloody 1985 attack laid down its arms after a 16-year battle with the government and pledged to fight for peace as a political party. The group, M-19 or the April 19 Movement, is the first leftist guerrilla group to disarm and the only one of six Colombian insurgent groups to accept a government peace plan. M-19 promised to abandon armed action and transform itself into a political party in exchange for amnesty.
September 25, 1991 |
A former military aide to deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega acknowledged under cross-examination Tuesday that he never examined the contents of alleged drug-money envelopes he said he delivered to Noriega in the 1980s. Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid, a prosecution witness who had told Monday of taking cash-filled envelopes to Noriega in his office, conceded to defense attorney Frank Rubino that he never looked inside.
September 20, 1991 |
A former top military aide to Manuel A. Noriega testified Thursday that the former Panamanian strongman began amassing great power 20 years ago while only a major in his nation's army. Noriega consolidated the functions of national intelligence, immigration, customs and passports under his control soon after he took charge of the military intelligence office in the early 1970s, according to the former aide, Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid.
February 10, 1988 |
Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega heads "an evil empire, one that moves faster than the United States" and that nets millions of dollars each year from domestic graft, international drug running and arms smuggling to leftist guerrillas, his one-time adviser told a Senate panel Tuesday. In sometimes impassioned testimony, Jose I.