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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the BBC: Colombia seeks Israeli mercenary

Colombia is to seek the extradition of an Israeli mercenary, convicted in absentia of training death squads, who has been arrested in Russia.

Yair Klein, a former Israeli colonel, was held at a Moscow airport on an international arrest warrant.

He was sentenced to 10 years for training drugs traffickers and right-wing paramilitaries in the 1980s.

Prosecutors say those trained went on to carry out some of the country’s most notorious political assassinations.

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The Colombian authorities say Klein was hired by the Medellin cartel of drug lord Pablo Escobar, which set up a training school for paramilitaries and assassins in Colombia.

Wild. It sounds more like the plot of a movie than real life, yet it is sadly quite real.

I know that one of the founders/leaders of the paramilitary group the AUC, the late Carlos Castaño went to Israel to obtain training from mercenaries. I wonder if that training involved Klein?

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