Colombia rebukes European human rights court ruling on Klein

April 5, 2010 19:29

BOGOTA — The Colombian government is protesting a ruling against the extradition of a former Israeli army officer accused of training right-wing militias there.

Yair Klein is jailed in Moscow on Colombia's extradition request. The European Court of Human Rights has recommended that Klein not be extradited for fear he would not receive a fair trial and other issues.

Vice President Francisco Santos said Saturday the nonbinding court decision would deny justice to victims of the paramilitaries.

Klein is accused of helping set up training camps for private armies working for drug lords that later morphed into Colombia's right-wing militias.

Klein denies working with Colombia's cocaine cartels but says he instructed paramilitaries in defense tactics.

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