NEW YORK, June 21 (UPI) -- Three Colombian guerrillas have been convicted in New York of hostage-taking, the U.S. Justice Department said.
The three, Edilberto Berrio Ortiz, known as "El Gavilan," Alejandro Palacios Rengifo, known as "El Gato," and Anderson Chamapuro Dogirama, known as "El Tigre," are members of the 57th Front of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, better known by its acronym FARC. The group is a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization.
The men were convicted in the April 2008 kidnapping of an U.S. citizen in Panama. The American was held for 10 months until a family member paid a ransom, the department said.
The suspects were arrested in Colombia in December 2009 and extradited to the United States late last year and early this year.
They were convicted Monday.