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Colombian Court Authorizes Extraditions of Drug Suspects


Colombia's Supreme Court has ruled that a former boss of the Cali cocaine cartel and a top leftist rebel can be extradited to the United States for trial on drug trafficking charges.

Officials said Wednesday that the court approved the extraditions of the cartel's co-founder, Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, and Omaira Rojas, a chief of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Rodriguez Orejuela is the younger brother of Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who was extradited to the United States in December, becoming the most powerful Colombian drug lord to face U.S. justice.

The FARC's Rojas, also known as "Sonia," is accused of running the finances for the group's southern bloc.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe must give the final authorization for the suspects to be extradited to the United States.

Some information for this story provided by Reuters and AP.

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