Colombian Paramilitary Chief Sentenced To 33 Years In US Court

first_imgBy Dialogo November 14, 2011 A Colombian former paramilitary leader has been sentenced to 33 years in prison by a Miami judge after being convicted of drug trafficking and terrorism charges, the Justice Department said. Carlos Mario Jimenez-Naranjo, also known as “Macaco,” was a leader of the terrorist organization Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), when he was extradited to the United States in 2008 to face US charges for drug trafficking, money laundering and financing terrorism. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in two separate cases in 2010, and was sentenced in May after the cases were combined. The sentence was unsealed on November 9. Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said Jimenez-Naranjo had 7,000 men under his command as a leader of the right-wing paramilitary group and “trafficked thousands of kilograms of illegal narcotics to the United States by land, air and sea.” He led an AUC group called the Bloque Central Bolivar from the mid-1990s through 2007, according to the Justice Department. The group demobilized between 2003 and 2006, but Colombian authorities discovered that Jimenez-Naranjo was directing criminal activities from prison and he lost legal protections that had been offered under the country’s peace process. Besides trafficking in cocaine, the group also fought leftist guerrillas for much of its existence and has been blamed for extensive atrocities against civilians.last_img read more

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Vijay Hazare Cricket tournament: Krishna Das shines in Goa’s victory

first_imgGUWAHATI, Sept 21: A superb spell from Krishna Das guided Goa to 42 runs victory over Railways in the Vijay Hazare Cricket tournament at Alur Cricket Stadium in Bengaluru today. Chasing 318 runs to victory Railways were bowled out for 275 runs. Krishna, bowled 8.2 overs in the match, picked up 4 wickets for 50. Railway received first blow when Krishna, the paceer from Assam who had joined Goa as a professional cricketer this season, removed opener Karan Sharma (0). Later he picked up the wickets of AP Yadav, Ankit Yadav and Anureet Singh. Earlier Goa scored 317-5 in 50 overs. Opener Sumiran Amonkar (82) was the top scorer.last_img read more

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USC student dies in off-campus shooting

first_imgCBSCA sent a statement to its mailing list about McElhaney’s death Sunday afternoon. Peter Erskine, the director of Drumset Studies at Thornton and one of McElhaney’s instructors, said McElhaney was an active participant at the school in an email statement to the Daily Trojan. Austin wrote in her email that students will be informed of memorial plans as information becomes available. “Victor was a son of Oakland,” his mother, Oakland District 3 Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney, wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “He was a musician who drew his inspiration from the beat, soul, and sound of the Town and he belonged in every nook and cranny of Oakland.” McElhaney was part of the Jazz Studies program at Thornton, and he was interested in the relationship between music and social and political movements, Austin said. He was also dedicated to community service — he was a mentor for young musicians and taught at the Oakland Public Conversatory of Music, the email read. An LAPD investigation into the matter is ongoing, and no arrests have been made as of Sunday. “Whether it was through his music or through his conversation, he challenged others and himself to think outside of the box,” the CBCSA email read. “He believed in the power of music to touch lives, to heal and to bring hope,” the email read. McElhaney transferred to USC from California State University, East Bay in 2017. Beyond music, he was also involved at the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs at USC, Austin’s email read. Victor McElhaney, a senior studying music at the Thornton School of Music, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 21.   “We are beginning a new chapter in this reoccurring circle of violence,” she wrote in her statement. “And it will take all of us together to make it through this tragedy.” As of Wednesday morning, the page has raised over $40,000, surpassing its original $30,000 fundraising goal. It now has a $50,000 goal. Donations included a $10,000 contribution from the Oakland Athletics, according to the GoFundMe page. “Funds will be used to assist the McElhaney Family with final arrangements and a memorial concert in honor of Victor McElhaney and the families of victims of gun violence,” the GoFundMe page said. As a councilwoman, McElhaney’s mother has actively fought gun violence in Oakland. She helped pass laws like Measure Z, a public safety initiative that funded prevention strategies against gun violence, according to the City of Oakland’s website. “Victor was already playing at a professional level when he came to USC,” Erskine said. “His audition was a welcome breath of fresh air — he had the touch, the feel and the musical understanding of a seasoned jazz musician … Victor was always the first to volunteer to play in any group class.” Interim President Wanda Austin sent a memo informing the USC community of McElhaney’s death. Austin offered her condolences to his friends and family in her email. McElhaney was approached by three to four suspects around 12:24 a.m. Sunday during a possible failed robbery attempt at Maple Ave. and Adams Blvd., the Los Angeles Police Department said. One of the suspects shot McElhaney, and the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. McElhaney was taken to a hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department shortly thereafter, where he died later that morning, according to the LAPD. The Berkeley organization Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency created a GoFundMe fundraising page on behalf of McElhaney’s family on Monday, according to the GoFundMe site. The organization is a non profit that fights homelessness and community violence in the East Bay.last_img read more

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Cold dog’s owner finds warm hearts

first_img“We just felt it was important to do this because it was so unbelievable how disgusting people could be,” Sullivan said. Sullivan said a neighbor who reported the burglary in progress could be eligible for a $1,000 reward from Lancaster city government for providing information leading to the arrests of five suspects in the case: a man, 20, and four minors, all from Lancaster. The reward is given in a conviction. Anyone with information about a suspected burglar or robber can call the sheriff’s tip hotline at (661)948-COPS. “I hope something good can come out of this whole incident,” Sullivan said. “If people see something that’s not supposed to be happening, call us.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Holzer said she was overwhelmed by the deputies’ presentation Wednesday morning, noting that she had only been told in advance that station employees purchased toys for her dog. “It means a lot,” Holzer said. “The generosity in the Sheriff’s Department has been amazing, and it’s not just them. A lot of people have helped.” Edwards Air Force Base employees cooked dinner for her and repaired a broken door lock. A San Fernando Valley-based security company installed a free alarm service on Saturday. The $800 was raised by sheriff’s Deputy Melissa Sullivan and her partner, Deputy Lee Schriever, who responded last week to reports of the burglary at Holzer’s home. Sullivan found Roxy in the freezer. Sullivan said the donations she and Schriever collected far exceeded the goal of raising a few hundred dollars. A gift bag of toys for the dog also was presented to Holzer. LANCASTER – The contributions keep coming for the victim of a Lancaster burglary in which cold-hearted culprits put her Chihuahua into a freezer. Kimberly Holzer, a Lancaster woman whose tiny 2-year-old pet Roxy survived being left in an industrial freezer when Holzer’s home was burglarized on Jan.31, was presented $800 this week from Lancaster sheriff’s station employees. Holzer’s east Lancaster home was ransacked during the burglary, and the intruders destroyed $600 worth of new maternity clothes. The wife of an Air Force technical sergeant stationed in Afghanistan, she is pregnant with twins. last_img read more

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