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Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1993, Kingston, Kingston TWENTY THE GLEANER TUESDAY DECEMBER 7 1993 Colombia's violence did not die with Escobar BOGOTA AP The of Pablo Escobar he world's principal and most violent cocaine has brightened international image death in a shoot out with police and day put to rest about the government's will to and drug ers His death may the matic attacks that have ised South American nation since the early political assassinations shopping center bombings the downing of a liner But drug trafficking and ence will i nn m in in iw murder is the leading cause of death for people ages 13 to 60 and where an average 20 people are murdered daily in the capital The violence doesn't end the death of Pablo said Clara Lopez a human rights activist and former ta City Council president Most violent We have one of the most violent societies in the world Even President Cesar Gaviria admits as much The death alone of Pablo by no means end the Gaviria said day in a ceremony the whn till Ui tain at his Medellin hideout For years the international community had questioned the Murder government's will to capture cobar Eyebrows were raised when the drug lord was allowed jail cell into a command center for his Medellin drug cartel He ed in July 1992 off a month manhunt I believe the blow Escobar strengthened the image of the president and the government both and out- side the said Rodrigo Losada a political scientist in the study of high crime rates Political will It showed there was political will to pursue the most dangerous of all drug President Clinton Gaviria and Colombian of- for the courageous and effective work and pledged con- hi the war With the slaying of Escobar we Colombians have proved that there was no criminal capable of challenging our Gaviria bragged day But while the Medellin cartel was responsible for some of more spectacular at- tacks it committed only a small portion of the country's lence Even before death the Medellin cartel had been Colombia's There is drug trafficking throughout the country and the Medellin cartel is just one of committed in Colombia each year are Only a small portion could be directly Escobar and his gang said The violence will continue he said I think in several months we'll see that U true Colombia's violence has more to do with history and politics than with drug trafficking pez sakL i In a period known as La or The several hundred thousand pecK pie died in the countryside ing the 1940s and 50s as the Liberal and Conservative parties battled over land power Drug traffickers often finance political campaigns and Escobar himself was elected to congress in the early 1980s also has a lot of political violence and social violence The country's murder rate is 81 per inhabitants eight times higher than in: the United States About half the for killings Vigilante groups linked to the army leftist and drug traffickers are responsible for many killings Teen-age boys from impoverished families work as hit men for everyone from jealous husbands to drug ers go criminals threaten or kill and the court system fails to convict hasn't been Pablo bar or even drug said Lopez It is corruption in the government and the unholy alliances that exist between cor- jupt groups certain officials While the government con- to tolerate killing will continue The Gleaner can give it to you the customers coming a small ad for a few dollars in the Gleaner or Star Classifieds only improve the Box North Street Kingston CONTACT THE GLEANER OR OUR AGENTS ISLANDWIDE AND MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU Classified murderer loses bid for retrial JOHANNESBURG Reuter A white politician sentenced to death for the murder of South African Communist leader Chris Hani lost a Supreme Court bid for a retrial yesterday Transvaal Judge Frikkie Eloff said he was not convinced a retrial of the case brought by Conservative ty politician would lead to a different verdict I'm not convinced that ther n and that if the evidence was able it would lead to a different said after hearing the application in the Rand Court in Johannesburg The April 10 murder of the charismatic Hani stunned the nation sparking a wave of black outrage and violence wis and right-wing Polish grant janusz Waluz were to death for the killing after a trial in October said in a statement read out in court Monday he did not testify ing the original trial on advice of his lawyer because ht did not believe the state enough evidence to convict At the trial Eloff who and to death described mur der as cold-blooded and ardly in the The heard that Waluz fired the used to kill Hani The weapon was provided by OCHO RIOS BRANCH invites all our Valued Customers to our at ECB Banking Hall Main Street Ocho Rios on Tuesday December Beginning at r i m t i i i i -IB I I
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