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US slaps sanctions on Colombian rebel envoys

Panama NewsThe Seattle Times WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on members of Colombia's main rebel group who represent the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 11 foreign countries, including Mexico and Canada. The Treasury imposed the penalties - which freeze all assets in U.S. jurisdiction and bar Americans from dealing with those funds - on FARC operatives who serve on the group's "international commission" under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. "Through their service to the FARC as international representatives and negotiators, these persons provide material support to a narco-terrorist organization," said Adam Szubin, head of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. "These individuals work abroad to obtain recruits, support and protection for the FARC's acts of terrorism." The members represent the FARC in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, Mexico and Canada and some have been accused of planning or facilitating attempted terrorist attacks on Colombian political figures. Those named are Jairo Alfonso Lesmes Bulla, Efrain Pablo Trejo Freire, Orlay Jurado Palomino, Ovidio Salinas Perez, Jorge Davalos Torres, Francisco Antonio Cadena Collazos, Nubia Calderon de Trujillo and Liliana Lopez Palacios.
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