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Russian Court Approves Extradition of Israeli Wanted in Colombia

A Russian court has approved the extradition to Colombia of a former Israeli army officer convicted in absentia of training Colombian rightist paramilitaries.

Yair Klein was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Colombia. He was detained at a Moscow airport in August last year.

A court spokesman says Klein has 10 days to appeal the ruling, which was made Tuesday.

Colombia's paramilitary groups were organized in the 1980s as private armies for landlords to protect them from leftist guerrillas.

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