August 28, 1989 |
Police opened an inquiry Sunday into Israelis suspected of training death squads for Colombian drug barons, and a retired army officer named in the scandal said the probe could implicate other officers and a legislator. Yehoshua Caspi, head of the police investigations unit, said investigators would examine "all aspects of Israelis suspected of selling military services and know-how without Defense Ministry permission to unofficial groups in Colombia."
August 26, 1989 |
Defying Colombia's powerful and violent cocaine cartels, tens of thousands of students marched silently through central Bogota on Friday in a demonstration against drug killings and corruption. The mass outpouring of students from a dozen universities illustrated a widespread feeling of outrage here over a wave of assassinations and a bold declaration of war by drug barons against the country's leadership.
August 30, 1989 |
Experienced Israeli instructors trained private paramilitary units whose members included a leader of the Medellin drug cartel's death squads, blamed in the killings this month of four judges and nine court workers, according to a videotape prepared by the Israelis themselves. The 48-minute color videotape clearly showed former Israeli army Col. Yair Klein running military and assassination training exercises for about 50 men, including one known as Vladimir.
September 1, 1989 |
Yair Klein, an anti-terrorist instructor whose students in Colombia have been linked to drug-related killings, concedes that most of what he knew about Colombia before going there last year he learned from high school textbooks. And what he learned since then, he says in defense of himself, may not have been enough to ensure that his training was not used for criminal ends.
September 21, 1989 |
Israel said today it could not extradite to Colombia a reserve army colonel alleged to have trained hit squads for Colombian drug gangs. "The extradition of Yair Klein is legally impossible," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yosef Amihud told reporters. He said Bogota had not yet asked Israel to hand over Klein, although Colombia's security and intelligence agency said Tuesday it had issued warrants for his arrest and extradition on charges of criminal conspiracy.
September 20, 1989
Colombia has issued arrest warrants for two Israelis accused of training hit squads for the drug cartels waging war on the government, an official said. Acting on a request by the Department of Administrative Security, Colombia's equivalent of the FBI, a judge issued the warrants for a former Israeli army colonel, Yair Klein, and businessman Arik Acek.