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October 26, 1990 - Image 35

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-10-26

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NEWS

Israeli Tried
On Drug Deals

Tel Aviv (JTA) — An -Israel
Defense Force reserve officer
went on trial last week in
Jerusalem magistrates court
for alleged dealings with a
Colombian drug cartel.
Lt. Col. Yair Klein has
been charged with the il-
legal export of military in-
formation, know-how and
equipment to Colombia.
Mr. Klein heads Hod
Hahanit (Spearhead), an
Israeli consulting firm
licensed to export military
equipment and know-how
overseas. According to
charges by the Colombian
government, he and his as-
sociates trained assassina-
tion squads for the drug syn-
dicate in Colombia.
Mr. Klein has denied the
charges. He admits doing
business in Colombia but in-
sists he trained security
guards to protect farmers
from cattle rustlers and
guerrilla bands.
Mr. Klein has also been
linked to a mysterious
$200,000 shipment of Israeli
weapons to AntigUa-
Barbuda, a Caribbean island
nation. The weapons were
later found at the ranch of a
Colombian drug lord, Jose
Rodriguez Gacha, who was
killed in a shootout with
law-enforcement officers last
December.
The Antiguan government
held hearings this past
summer into the Israeli
arms shipment to the Carib-
bean island and the in-
volvement of Mr. Klein and
other former Israeli army of-
ficers in alleged efforts to set
up a military training school
there with intent to train
drug traffickers.
The Antiguan purchase
was authorized by Vere Bird
Jr., who was identified as
minister of national securi-
ty. However, Mr. Bird's posi-
tion in fact was minister of
public works and com-
munications.
The present charge sheet
does not include complaints
by the Israeli defense estab-
lishment that Mr. Klein also
illegally exported security
equipment to Antigua.
Mr. Klein has said his
dealings with Antigua were
legal and claims to have no
idea how the arms reached
Colombia.
Israel's Defense Ministry
produced documents in May
to prove the Antiguan
government ordered the
arms, as well as guarantees
that the weapons would not
find their way into the hands
of a third party.

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