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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.


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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