Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Colombian extradition fears Gulf tribe chief may go to US

BOGOTA, Colombia ( Associated Press) – Colombia on Wednesday extradited the alleged head of the dreaded Gulf clan, the country’s most wanted drug lord, to the United States, where he faces charges in three federal courts. .

Colombian President Ivan Duque, referring to the late former head of the Medellin drug cartel, said that Diaro Antonio Osuga David is “comparable only to Pablo Escobar”.

“He is not only the most dangerous drug smuggler in the world, but he is a murderer of social leaders, abusing boys, girls and teenagers, a murderer of policemen,” Duque said with Colombian military leaders, whom he called Osuga. Congratulations on protecting David. and caught him in October 2021.

The former rural chieftain, known as his alias Otoniel, was on the run for more than a decade by corrupting state officials and aligning himself with fighters left and right. He was transferred from a prison in Bogota to the heavily guarded military transport airfield on Wednesday in handcuffs and wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest.

He has long been on the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s Most Wanted list. He was first indicted in 2009 in Manhattan federal court on drug charges and for allegedly providing aid to a far-right paramilitary group designated a terrorist organization by the US government. Subsequent indictments in Brooklyn and Miami federal courts accused him of importing at least 73 metric tons of cocaine into the US between 2003 and 2014 through countries including Venezuela, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Honduras.

Asuga David also cycled through the ranks of several guerrilla groups, most recently claiming to lead Colombia’s Gatanist Self-Defense Forces, a post-Colombian left-wing firebrand in the mid-20th century.

The Colombian government began the extradition of Capo after the State Council lifted the temporary suspension of an order by the duke supporting the move. The High Court dismissed a petition by a group of Osuga David’s victims, who argued that his extradition would violate their rights to justice and compensation. They wanted him to face 128-plus proceedings against him in Colombia first. ,

Duke said that from the United States, Suga would continue to cooperate with Colombian authorities in the investigation against him and that once he completed his sentence for drug trafficking, he would be “committed to the crimes committed by him”. Will return to Colombia to pay.”

The Gulf Clan’s army of assassins terrorized through dense forests in Central America and the Americas north of northern Colombia to gain control of major cocaine smuggling routes.

As he defied the authorities for years, his legend as a bandit grew with horror stories told by Colombian authorities about several underage women who he and his accomplices allegedly sexually abused .


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