The United States agrees with the principle of fairly dividing the assets seized from Colombian criminals extradited to the United States, Colombian Attorney General Luis Eduardo Montealegre declared on July 12, after meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Eric Holder. Both countries will begin the steps to update their legal agreements to make that division possible, the attorney general said at a press conference at the conclusion of his first visit to the United States. Since 2007, Colombia has succeeded in taking possession of assets inside the country worth 3 billion dollars, as a result of investigations in collaboration with the United States, Montealegre explained. Colombia also asked the U.S. Government for its support for the creation of a school to train prosecutors and police that could have a regional dimension, in order to fight organized crime. For his part, Holder proposed a meeting of regional attorneys general, one of the topics discussed at the recent Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Montealegre revealed. “Colombia expressed to the attorney general the need to review and update earlier agreements that mention the possibility of a fair division, for the purpose of dividing up the assets seized in the United States (…) from extradited individuals,” Montealegre said. “The United States accepted” that those assets “are going to be divided fairly,” Montealegre added. Also present at the meeting was the administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Michelle Leonhart, with whom agreement was reached to reinforce collaboration in order to pursue the seizure of assets elsewhere in the world, again according to the attorney general. The Justice Department’s press services were unable to immediately confirm Attorney General Montealegre’s account. The Colombian attorney general also met with members of the U.S. Congress, high-ranking State Department officials, and representatives of human-rights organizations during two days of working meetings in Washington. In regard to the school for prosecutors and police, “the attorney general (Holder) demonstrated complete readiness to talk to other departments (of the U.S. Government) with the aim of promoting its creation,” he said. Following years of extraditing major drug traffickers, members of paramilitary militias, and guerrillas to the United States, Colombia wants to have definitive convictions or acquittals in order to potentially continue legal proceedings against those individuals on its territory, Montealegre said. By Dialogo July 16, 2012
Damien Duff will join the Shamrock Rovers coaching staff for the rest of the season.The 37-year-old joins the first team as a coach and will assist interim manager Stephen Bradley.Duff made nine appearances for the club last year before retiring as a player. Meanwhile, Limerick sealed their place in the EA Sports cup final with a 1-0 win over Derry in the Brandywell last night.Stephen Kenny with the only goal as the first division leaders claimed a huge scalp.They’ll play Shamrock Rovers or St Pats in the final. In the SSE Airtricity league Premier Division St Pats overcame Wexford Youths 1-0 at Ferrycarraig Park.Ian Bermingham got the goal after 26 minutes. The Lilywhites trail 1-0 going into the match in Tallaght stadium.The game can’t be hosted at Oriel Park as it does not meet the standard for this stage of the competition.Kick- is at 8pm.
DIVISION II-AA Chaffey 56, Senior Zach Von Pertz scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Rebels (18-10) upset the host Warriors in first-round play. DIVISION II-A San Dimas 49, San Luis Obispo 40 Saints standout Jon Joe scored 18 points, but they couldn’t shake their opponent until the final minute. San Dimas (19-9) will play either Corona Centennial or Saddleback in Tuesday’s second round. DIVISION III-A Serrano 76, La Puente Nogales 54 Forward Durrell Norman had 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead the top-seeded Diamondbacks (25-3) to a home victory over the Nobles. Serrano hosts Hemet West Valley on Tuesday. DIVISION IV-A Sherman Oaks Buckley 75, Big Bear 64 Richie Polan scored 30 points as Sherman Oaks Buckley defeated visiting Big Bear. DIVISION IV-AA Ontario Christian 55, Newport Beach Sage Hill 38 Justus Jones scored 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Knights (21-5) to the second round with a victory over the Lightning (14-13). Bloomington 56, Aquinas 53 Alex Martin scored 23 points to advance Bloomington (12-15) to the second round. Niko Walters scored 27 for the Falcons. DIVISION V-A Bishop Union 66, Packinghouse Christian 62 Senior forward Spencer Hirsch scored 26 points, but it wasn’t enough as the host Bears (13-10) lost in the second round. GIRLS DIVISION II-A Ayala 86, Anaheim Katella 22 Rebecca Gardner had 24 points and eight rebounds and Jasmine Holliday had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the top-seeded Bulldogs (25-3) advanced to the second round. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Martin Thompson’s game-winning layup with 28 seconds to play lifted Cajon over Saugus 57-56 in a CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA boys basketball game Friday night. Marquis Green led the Cowboys (18-9) with 17 points. Kevin Hughley had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Vista Murrieta 49 Davie Champagnie and Mauricio Aldaba each scored 17 points to pace the Tigers (18-6) past the Broncos. Chaffey faces top-seeded Pasadena on Tuesday. Burbank Burroughs 74, Diamond Ranch 61 Sophomore Chris Cunningham scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Miramonte League champions ended their season Friday at the hands of the Indians. Miller 57, Fullerton Troy 52