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FARC peace negotiator Ricardo Palmera to take stand

by Mick Kelly |
April 6, 2008
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Washington D.C. - Colombian revolutionary Ricardo Palmera will testify in his own defense here in Federal Court the second week of April. Members of the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera will be attending the trial April 8 and urge other supporters to join them.

Palmera, who was kidnapped from Latin America by the U.S. government, is on trial for phony drug charges. His last trial on the same charges ended with a hung jury. The well-known Colombian Marxist and peace negotiator for the FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), is being held in solitary confinement.

Tom Burke of the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera stated, “Ricardo Palmera should be released at once. The U.S. government has no right to try him and his trial is a farce. The names of many of the witnesses are secret and government admits they are being paid. And they are liars to boot.”

For further information check the web site for the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera.

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