first_imgBy Dialogo April 27, 2012 A Colombian drug lord extradited to the United States for trial was sentenced on April 25 to 40 years in prison, prosecutors said. A federal jury in New York state found Carlos Patiño Restrepo, alias Patemuro, guilty of three U.S. drug charges on April 5. Judge Leonard Wexler also fined Patiño Restrepo $5 million. Prosecutors said Patiño, 48, worked with the Norte del Valle cartel and sent dozens of tons of cocaine to the lucrative U.S. market in the 1990s until shortly before his arrest in Colombia in 2007. “Patiño controlled the area near Viterbo, Colombia, through bribes to Colombian police and ties to paramilitary groups, such as the Auto Defensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,” prosecutors said in a statement. “In particular, Patiño financed entire regiments, or ‘blocks,’ of the AUC to guard the jungle processing labs where the cocaine was manufactured and safeguard the routes used to transport the narcotics out of the country.” He “ran his cocaine empire with an iron fist, using a terrorist organization for protection and killing of those who stood in his way,” the statement added.last_img read more

first_imgThousands ofanti-government protesters had gathered in central Baghdad on Monday, defying aplea by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to stand down. Separately, atleast one protester was killed and 10 wounded in Shatra town, sources said. Security andmedical sources put the toll at four killed and 34 wounded. BAGHDAD – Iraqisecurity forces killed at least five people when they opened fire on protestershere, a witness said, as thousands took part in the wave of anti-governmentprotests.     Demonstrationsalso took place in other locations, including the main Gulf port Umm Qasr andsouthern Shatra, where security forces allegedly killed a protester.     Over 250 Iraqiswere killed in demonstrations since the start of October.(Reuters) Demonstrators take part in the anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq on Nov. 4. REUTERS/THAIER AL-SUDANIlast_img read more