Colombia: August 20, 2001


Military intelligence officers are still trying to decide what to do with the three IRA men arrested earlier. It appears that some foreign intelligence agency tipped off the Colombians about the presence of the three IRA men. Chief suspects are the CIA, FBI or the British (all of whom track international terrorists.) The Colombians don't have the resources to do this and don't track tourist traffic. So far there is enough evidence to charge the three with the use of false ID and supporting terrorism, which could bring prison terms of 15-20 years. Cuba has admitted that one of three is the IRA representative to Latin America. Traces of several types of explosives were found on the men's hands and clothing.




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