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August 29, 2007 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
The Colombian government will seek the extradition of a former Israeli army commando arrested Monday in Moscow on charges stemming from his alleged private training of Colombian paramilitary groups in the 1980s, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. The arrest of Yair Klein by Russian police followed a tip from Colombian authorities, Foreign Minister Fernando Araujo told reporters. The Russians arrested Klein, 61, on an international warrant.
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August 29, 2007 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
The Colombian government will seek the extradition of a former Israeli army commando arrested Monday in Moscow on charges stemming from his alleged private training of Colombian paramilitary groups in the 1980s, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. The arrest of Yair Klein by Russian police followed a tip from Colombian authorities, Foreign Minister Fernando Araujo told reporters. The Russians arrested Klein, 61, on an international warrant.
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September 22, 1989
Israel said it could not extradite to Colombia a reserve army colonel alleged to have trained hit squads for Colombian drug cartels. "The extradition of Yair Klein is legally impossible," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yosef Amihud told reporters in Jerusalem. He said Israeli law bars the extradition of anyone to a country with which Israel has no extradition treaty.
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September 22, 1989
Israel said it could not extradite to Colombia a reserve army colonel alleged to have trained hit squads for Colombian drug cartels. "The extradition of Yair Klein is legally impossible," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yosef Amihud told reporters in Jerusalem. He said Israeli law bars the extradition of anyone to a country with which Israel has no extradition treaty.
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August 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
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."
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August 26, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 30, 1989 | KENNETH FREED, Times Staff Writer
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.
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September 1, 1989 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
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.
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September 21, 1989 | From Times wire services
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.
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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.
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September 1, 1989 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 30, 1989 | KENNETH FREED, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
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."
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August 26, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
An Israeli businessman linked to mercenaries who trained Medellin drug cartel gunmen was found dead at the airport here, stuffed into the trunk of a car, police said today. The body of Arik Afek was discovered after Metro-Dade police received complaints of an offensive odor coming from a car in the Miami International Airport parking garage, police said. The cause of death was not immediately announced, but was being investigated as a homicide, police said.
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June 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
A court on Thursday charged a high-ranking reserve officer and a company he heads with illegally providing military expertise and equipment to a group of civilians in Colombia. The defendant, Lt. Col. Yair Klein, is also wanted in that Colombia for allegedly helping to train fighters for cocaine cartels. The case involving Klein and his Hod Hahanit (Spearhead) company has prompted wide debate in Israel over the practice of retired military officers working as mercenaries overseas.
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