Colombia asks Israel to extradite mercenary Yair Klein

January 27, 2011 23:41


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BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia on Thursday asked Israel to extradite a former army officer who was sentenced in a Colombian court to nearly 11 years in prison for training drug-traffickers' assassins.

Colombia has no extradition treaty with Israel, and the Israeli Embassy is not commenting on the request to send Yair Klein to the South American country.

Colombian Interior Minister German Vargas announced the extradition request at a news conference Thursday.

Klein and his attorney have told The Associated Press in Israel that the Israeli's life would be in danger if he were imprisoned in Colombia.

Klein spent three years in a Moscow prison on a Colombian extradition request. He was freed last November after a court ruled Colombia could not guarantee him due process.

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