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Former Colombian Judge Flees Michigan

May 11, 1989

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) _ A former judge from Colombia who fled her homeland because of death threats has left Michigan after her identity was revealed, her lawyer says.

Cyril Weiner said Wednesday that Consuelo Sanchez-Duran and her husband left after a Detroit newspaper reported she had been relocated to the area by the U.S. government because a drug lord had put a $1 million bounty on her.

″The individuals in charge of security felt her life was in jeopardy in this area,″ Weiner said. The lawyer said the bounty was an unconfirmed rumor but that criminals in the Detroit area may be tempted by it.

Sanchez signed an arrest warrant in Colombia for Pablo Escobar Gaviria, alleged leader of the Medellin cocaine cartel. She and her husband fled the South American country after receiving death threats. The Detroit News reported in February that Sanchez was living and working in the area. The News has said the couple’s neighbors had the right to know.

Later, the Detroit Free Press gave the name of her apartment complex and said she was working under her own name as Colombia’s consul general in this Detroit suburb.

The judge sued the News last month, accusing the paper of endangering her life.

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