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Accused member of terrorist group extradited to US

November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — An accused member of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia has been extradited to the United States to face charges of hostage-taking and terrorism targeting Americans.

Navarrete Beltran appeared Friday in U.S. District Court and could face life in prison if convicted.

FARC is Colombia’s main rebel movement. Last month a FARC commander, Alexander Beltran Herrera, was sentenced to a 27-year prison term, 2 1/2 years after his extradition to the U.S.

The U.S. government says Navarrete Beltran and his FARC accomplices were involved in taking three Americans hostage in Colombia more than a decade ago.

The three Americans were conducting counter-drug aerial surveillance in southern Colombia when they were forced to crash land there and were captured.