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Arrest Ordered For Guerrilla Accused of Killing Pahoa Woman

September 21, 2012, 1:09 PM HST
* Updated September 21, 1:10 PM
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A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Colombian guerrilla accused in the 2006 killings of a woman from Puna and two other Americans, the Associated Press has reported.

Lahe’ena’e Gay of Pahoa and the two others were in Columbia in 1999 helping to set up schools for the U`wa Indian Tribe when they were kidnapped. Their bodies were found a week later in a pasture just across the Venezuelan border.

The two others were Terence Freitas, 24, of Los Angeles; and Ingrid Washinawatok, 41, of New York.

Two members of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia were sentenced to 40 years in prison in connection with the deaths.

Leaders of FARC said their fighters thought the Americans were spies.

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A third guerrilla, Angelo Caceres, also known as “El Piloso,” was accused in 2006 of participating in the killings but was found innocent two years later.

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The Columbian Attorney General’s Office on Thursday revoked Caceres’ acquittal and ordered his arrest, AP reported. He remains at large.

 

 

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