Colombia transfers 2 underworld leaders to floating prisons

September 14, 2007 07:32


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Two top members of Colombia's underworld, including one on the FBI's most-wanted list, are being transferred to offshore floating prisons for security reasons, the government said. Diego Montoya, whose capture Monday was hailed as Colombia's biggest drug war victory since the 1993 slaying of Pablo Escobar, and paramilitary warlord Carlos Jimenez were being moved from the Combita prison to separate "prison boats" on the Pacific Ocean and off the Caribbean coast. Interior Minister Carlos Holguin told Caracol radio that Jimenez was transferred on Thursday and Montoya was to be moved on Friday. Both are awaiting extradition to the United States. Neither Holguin nor Colombia's prison bureau said what security threats the two men faced or where each was being sent.

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