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Colombia rejects U.S. extradition request

March 19--Daniel Rendon Herrera, an ex-paramilitary leader and suspected drug trafficker, has been indicted by the U.S. The Colombian high court bars his extradition, citing his cooperation in domestic cases.

Colombia rejects U.S. extradition request

Colombia's Supreme Court has blocked the extradition to the United States of a notorious former paramilitary leader and alleged drug trafficker arrested last year, citing the importance of his testimony in bringing justice to victims of decades of violence in the South American country.

Daniel Rendon Herrera, known as Don Mario, has been indicted in the Southern District of New York federal court on charges of smuggling 100 tons of cocaine. But Rendon, 44, is cooperating with authorities in Colombia investigating mass killings and forced displacements of thousands of poor farmers, a factor cited by the court Wednesday in barring extradition.

Until recently, the court had raised little objection to hundreds of extraditions of drug and terrorism suspects authorized by President Alvaro Uribe since he took office in 2002.
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