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Nicaragua Deports Alleged Terrorists

September 3, 1999

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) _ Five members of a Corsican separatist group were deported from Nicaragua to face various charges in France, officials said Thursday.

The suspects were captured Tuesday night in various areas of the capital, Managua, and a sixth suspect who fled was still being sought, national police commissioner Eduardo Cuadra Ferrey said.

Cuadra said the suspects deported on Wednesday were wanted in France for a number of crimes, including money laundering and illegal activities connected to casinos and slot machines.

All allegedly were connected with the Self-Determination Movement of Corsica, linked with the outlawed National Liberation Front of Corsica. The sixth suspect who was still at large was identified as Alain Andre Orsoni, 45, secretary-general of the Self-Determination Movement of Corsica.

Nationalist groups seeking greater autonomy for Corsica have carried out bomb attacks since the mid-1970s, most of them without causing deaths.

The killing of the prefect of Corsica, Claude Erignac _ the state’s highest representative _ in 1998 led to an aggressive police presence on the island and stepped up efforts to maintain law and order.

At least two of the deported suspects arrived in Paris on Wednesday via Mexico. A third was expected to arrive Friday. No information was immediately available on the arrival of the other two.

In arresting the men, Nicaraguan police confiscated a Russian-made rifle, two pistols, six cars and 11 cell phones.

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