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Gonzales praises US-Colombia extradition agreement for drug traffickers

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [DOJ profile] Wednesday praised an extradition agreement between the US and Colombia which forces Colombian drug traffickers to face trials in the US. Gonzales spoke [text] at a press conference in Bogota with Mario Iguaran, Colombia's Prosecutor-General, calling the extradition program the "very best in the world." Since Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez [official profile] took office in 2002, approximately 350 Colombians have been handed over to the US to face drug, money-laundering, conspiracy, murder, and kidnapping charges. Gonzales' Bogota visit was prompted after justices on Colombia's Supreme Court voiced concern over US authorities seeking harsher punishments than what Colombians would receive in their own country. AP has more.

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