Columbian President Press Secretary and a Reporter Kidnapped by Cartels: American Prohibition continues to undermine order 12/12/97

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In yet another indication of the anarchy resulting from American drug policy, William Parra, the press secretary to President Ernesto Samper of Colombia and Luis Eduardo Maldanado, a reporter with Radio Cardena Nacional (RCN) were kidnapped this week by the self-named "Extraditables." The group, comprised of a number of drug lords, first surfaced as a terrorist threat in 1980 in opposition to a law allowing the extradition of Colombian nationals to the US. The practice was declared unconstitutional in 1991, but was re-approved last week by the lower house of the Colombian Congress. The proposed measure would not, however, be retroactive, a provision which greatly disturbed American drug warriors who are hoping to get their hands, not only on the drug lords, but also on their considerable wealth. Phone calls from "The Extraditables" to a local radio station indicated that the group planned to release both men within a few days.

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