March 12th, 2012
10:48 AM ET

U.S. extradites Colombian accused of taking Americans hostage

U.S. authorities have extradited a suspect from Colombia whom they accuse of being involved in taking three American citizens hostage, the Justice Department said.

Alexander Beltran Herrera, 35, was scheduled to be arraigned at 11:15 a.m. ET Monday in Washington on charges in connection with the 2003 hostage taking of Americans Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell.

Beltran Herrera is an accused member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, the Justice Department said.

Gonsalves, Howes and Stansell were among 15 hostages freed in a 2008 rescue mission.

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  1. catpaw

    Don't forget to read him his rights in spanish or the ACLU will get him off the hook.

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