Wed, Sep 14, 2005
Both Surrender To Authorities In Colombia
A bizarre hijacking ended peacefully Monday when a disabled man
in a wheelchair and his son surrendered to authorities in Colombia
and released their 24 hostages. Some passengers later said the
elder man wasn't searched by security forces precisely because he
It began at about 1115 Monday morning when police said the two
men boarded an Aires Airlines twin turboprop departing the
Colombian city of Florencia. The two men, identified as 42-year old
Porfirio Ram�rez Aldana and his son, 23-year old Businhauser
Ram�rez, commandeered the aircraft, saying they were armed
with hand grenades. Passengers said they never saw any weapons.
The aircraft landed in Bogota at 1235. Immediately, police said,
the father and son released all women and children on the flight --
including a two-month old baby.
After demanding to speak with a
priest, two congressmen and a representative of Colombia's attorney
general's office, the two men released the remaining passengers and
surrendered, police said.
What set the father-son team off? Apparently, the older man had
lost a lawsuit. Authorities told the Miami Herald he had sued after
being caught in a the crossfire of a police shootout and being
permanently disabled as a result.
"This is a personal problem of a man who doesn't think that the
justice system treated him well," Colombian presidential spokesman
told the Herald. "The two men have repeated that they don't belong
to any armed group."
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