Russia frees Israeli mercenary wanted by Colombia: Interfax

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Russia has released Israel mercenary Yair Klein, whose extradition was sought by Colombia, and he is on his way to Israel, Interfax news agency said Friday, quoting a security source.

"Klein has been freed and he is currently en route to Israel," said the source, without providing any further details.

Klien was sentenced in absentia to 10 years and eight months in jail by a Colombian court in 2001 for training paramilitary squads in military and terrorist techniques.

He was arrested in August 2007 in Moscow under an Interpol warrant with a view to his extradition to Colombia.

The European Court of Human Rights earlier this month confirmed a ruling opposing Klein's extradition as it would constitute inhumane or degrading treatment.

© 2010 AFP

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