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Israeli Who Trained Colombian Militias Goes Home

Saturday, 20 Nov 2010 08:08 AM

 

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli wanted in Colombia for training paramilitary groups that killed hundreds of people has returned home after being released from a jail in Moscow.

Former military officer Yair Klein arrived at Israel's Ben Gurion airport on Saturday. He had been held in Russia since 2007 pending an extradition request.

The European Court of Human Rights recommended in April that Klein not be extradited for fear he would not receive a fair trial.

Klein was sentenced in absentia to nearly 11 years in prison for helping train far-right paramilitary groups in the 1980s. The groups were responsible for mass murder and widespread land theft during more than a decade-long reign of terror across Colombia's countryside.

Klein says he only instructed them in defense tactics.

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