Colombia: Yair Klein ruling an 'embarrassment'

April 4, 2010 07:24
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos Calderon lashed out Sunday at a European Court of Human Rights ruling forbidding Russia from extraditing Yair Klein, a former lieutenant-colonel in the IDF wanted in the South American country on charges of assisting drug traffickers and right-wing militias.

Calderon dubbed the ruling an "embarrassment and belittlement," adding that "the court's decision is a black page in history for human rights, as it prefers to give immunity to the crimes of Klein and his militia followers, and deprives their victims of truth and justice."

"Even more so," Santos went on, “the decision is an embarrassment to humanity, to the victims and to human rights."

Santos dismissed Klein's argument before the European court that the Colombian authorities were likely to torture him if returned to their country, and stated that "it is an embarrassment that Klein suggests this, as if he and those he trained honored the rights of their hundreds of victims - among them presidential nominees, lawyers, legal authorities and journalists."

Klein has been detained in Russia since August 2007, when he was arrested at the airport in Moscow after trying to get out of the country on a forged passport.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 20, 2018
IDF shoots Palestinian who opened fire in northen Gaza Strip