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Colombia Will Not Compete With US for Extradition of Drug Lord


Colombia's foreign minister says his country will not stand in the way of an American extradition request for a Colombian drug lord arrested in Brazil.

Foreign Minister Fernando Araujo told reporters in Brazil Tuesday that if the U.S. requests the extradition of Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, Colombia will not issue a competing request.

Ramirez Abadia, nicknamed "Chupeta," or lollipop, was captured in a drug raid outside Sao Paolo August 7. He has served time in a Colombian prison, but faces outstanding charges.

He is accused of running a Colombian drug ring known as Norte del Valle in the 1990s, and of shipping tons of cocaine to the United States and ordering the killings of police and informants in both the U.S. and Colombia.

Ramirez Abadia's lawyer has said his client prefers extradition to the United States because he fears for his life if he is sent back to Colombia.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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