]); in his third u.s. trial for drug trafficking simon trinidad was almost aquitted but the jury deadlocked ("simon trinidad," march 27, 2008, wikipedia [access: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/simon_trinidad >]; see the national committee to free ricardo palmera [access: < http://www.freericardopalmera.org/ >]; "farc negotiator gets colombia's max - in us prison," january 28, 2008, ww4 report with thanks to paul wolf); his fourth trial was to have taken place march 2008; no news of it is currently available; during march the colombian military killed twenty-six people in a farc camp over the border in ecuador, including raśl reyes, a leading farc peace negotiator (aside from simon trinidad in a u.s. prison); reyes was in negotiations with french ministry envoys trying to free a hostage, and the raid suggests strongly that the camp's location and reyes' presence were betrayed by the process of peace negotation with the sarkhozy government; colombia's peace commissioner, luis carlos restrepo, knew of the location and lethal action since he warned french negotiators not to honour their appointment the day reyes was killed; it is likely president uribe knew as well ("french negotiators were to meet reyes the day he was killed," ips march 7, 2008, inter press service); the killing then is a violation of law, military code, and honour, and any conventions of peace and hostage negotiation; the u.s., e.u., colombian rulers' alliance seems intent on destroying farc's peace negotiators; an explanation for the lack of news about simon trinidad's supposed re-trial, is that current pressure in negotiations for hostage release would ask the release of both simon trinidad and sonia ( see below) from u.s. prisons; the u.s. might have to comply with colombian wishes if an agreement is reached; if you think about it, the injustice of inappropriate and inhumane sentencing of political prisoners will only encourage counter measures by any resistance; it is shortsighted to consign guerrilla armies the status of "terrorists" since they are simply one side of a longstanding struggle; similarly, it is shortsighted to arrest and murder peace negotiators; update of may 9, 2008: the u.s. prosecution has requested dismissal of its case against simon trinidad on cocaine trafficking charges; the jury was deadlocked and previously the government has failed to find a jury to convict the accused on drug charges; he was previously found guilty of a kidnapping and conspiracy charge, for which a judge applied the penalty of sixty years in prison (u.s. to dismiss cocaine charges against colombian rebel," matt apuzzo ap, may 6, 2008, wiredispatch.com); an examination of the single previous conviction suggests extreme government pressure on an american jury.
anayibe rojas valderrama, aka omaira rojas cabrera, war name: "sonia"; nationality: colombia; two years of formal schooling; farc guerrilla, alleged to have controlled a drug production area of colombia; captured in colombia in 2004; turned over to the u.s in 2004; tried in washington d.c. 2007 on narcotics charges, convicted and sentenced to 200 months in prison; her co-defendants, juan diego giraldo received 200 months, and jose antonio celis 175 months ("colombian woman is first farc leader sentenced in us," afp, july 27, 2007, bnet); application of the specific drug charges seem unrealistic; wikipedia suggests she was charged with supplying dealers of other nationalities than american (it's generally conceded though unspoken among u.s. people that the network, transport and distribution of drugs for the u.s. generally operate as adjuncts of the c.i.a. and defense undergrounds)("omaira rojas cabrera," nov. 2, 2007, wikipedia; "high ranking member of colombian farc narco-terrorist organization sentenced on u.s. drug charges," press release, july 2, 2007, u.s. department of justice).
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gerald and maas night's lantern
march 31, 2008
update may 9, 2008
with appreciation to all sources, ed. & commentary by j.b.gerald
painting, a sign, julie maas