Accused member of terrorist group extradited to US
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.