Eleven indicted in ecoterrorism arson plot

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] on Friday unsealed the indictment [press release; speech text] of eleven people alleged to have carried out a series of arsons causing millions of dollars in damage in five Western states between 1996 and 2001 for the extremist ecology groups Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and Animal Liberation Front (ALF). The indictment [PDF text], returned by a federal grand jury on Thursday, included 65 counts of domestic terrorism on 17 sites in California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, including US Forest Service ranger stations, Bureau of Land Management wild horse facilities, meat processing companies, lumber companies, a high-tension power line, and a ski facility in Colorado. Eight of the indicted defendants were arrested [JURIST report] last month, while three defendants believed to be outside the US remain at large. The cases will be prosecuted by the US Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon [official website]. AP has more.

 

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