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Paramilitary Members Face Justice in Murders of Two Colombian Union Leaders

Eight long years after Colombian trade union leaders Valmore Locarno Rodriguez and Victor Hugo Orcasita Amaya were assassinated, those directly responsible for these heinous crimes are being punished...yesterday, Alcides Maneul Mattos Tavares, alias “el Samario,” confessed to having participated as one of the gunmen. The other assassin, Jairo Charris Jesus, was sentenced Aug. 7 to 30 years in prison...Both men were members of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), the...paramilitary organization...Locarno and Orcasita, president and vice president...of Sintramienergica, the mine and energy workers union, were killed in March 2001. Both worked for...Drummond...In his trial, Charris explained that the murders had been planned along with Colombian and American company executives. Drummond has denied all links to paramilitar[ies]...A U.S. federal district court and appeals court found Drummond not guilty of playing a part in the murders. In May, an attorney for the families of Locarno and Orcasita filed a U. S. lawsuit against Drummond...

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