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Relatives of Colombian Druglord Leave Chile, Destination Unknown

July 20, 1993

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ A nephew and six other relatives of fugitive Colombian druglord Palo Escobar Gaviria dropped their legal battle to stay here and have flown to an undisclosed destination.

The government last month ordered Pablo Escobar Urquijo, 23, and the other relatives to leave Chile. It said the money they brought, at least $50,000 in cash, was probably the product of drug trafficking.

Escobar Urquijo said Monday he was flying to ″somewhere in Asia, probably Japan.″

″We’re leaving the country freely, and we did not give the government the chance to expell us handcuffed,″ Escobar Urquijo told a reporter for Radio Cooperativa of Santiago by telephone from the airport.

Escobar’s family members left a few hours before the Supreme Court was to rule on their appeal against the government’s expulsion decree, their lawyer, Humberto Neumann, said.

They have said they were fleeing for their lives from enemies of Escobar.

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