U.S. Convicts Colombian Rebel of Hostage Taking

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A leftist Colombian rebel leader has been convicted in the United States for conspiring to hold hostage three American defense contractors.

A judge declared a mistrial on other charges against Ricardo Palmera, better known as Simon Trinidad, because jurors were deadlocked on whether to hold him responsible for terrorism.

During the case, jurors got to hear first hand what it is like to be a hostage of the rebel group known as the FARC.

One young man who recently escaped testified — and he spoke to NPR about how the Americans are doing in captivity.



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