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Arrest ordered for rebel accused of killing Hawaii woman and 2 other Americans

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:50 p.m. HST, Sep 20, 2012

BOGOTA, Colombia >> A judge has revoked the acquittal of a leftist guerrilla accused in the killings of three Americans, including a woman from Hawaii, in Colombia in 1999 and ordered his arrest, the Attorney General's Office said today.

Angelo Caceres, alias "El Piloso," was accused as a co-author in the three deaths in 2006 but a court absolved him of the crime in December 2008.

The Attorney General's Office said that prosecutors appealed the acquittal and that a court in Arauca province has revoked it and ordered the arrest of Caceres. Prosecutors said Caceres' whereabouts were not known. 

The case involved the slaying of Terence Freitas, 24, of Los Angeles; Ingrid Washinawatok, 41, of New York; and Lahe'ena'e Gay, 39, of Pahoa, Hawaii, who were in Colombia to help set up a school system for the U'wa Indian tribe.

Their bodies were found in a Venezuelan pasture just across the Colombian border on March 5, 1999, one week after they were kidnapped.

Leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia later said the guerrillas involved thought the Americans were spies. 

Two other FARC rebels have been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the killings. 

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ejkorvette wrote:
May the Souls of the victims be embraced in Heaven. Justice will be served to those Animals that killed.
on September 20,2012 | 05:09PM
poidragon wrote:
served by who? In Colombia, justice is meted out by cartels with the most firepower and followers, not the justice department enthroned in it's major capital city! It's now 14 years later, when this judgment is handed down and the defendant is no where to be seen................
on September 20,2012 | 05:21PM
star08 wrote:
Blessings on Terry, Ingrid and Lahe`ena`e... They have re-emerged into pure positive light...
on September 20,2012 | 11:01PM
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