Federal officers caught seven fugitives in the Southland this week who were sought for their alleged involvement in “known or suspected human rights violations,” officials said Friday.
The arrests were part of a nationwide effort dubbed Operation No Safe Haven II, which resulted in 50 arrests in cities across the country, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Among those arrested locally during the operation, which concluded on Thursday, was a homicide suspect from Central America who allegedly victimized civilians in military captivity, ICE reported.
Other fugitives in the Southland include three other people from Central America:
— a person with multiple criminal convictions in the U.S. who served as a military officer in his native country in a unit that committed civilian killings;
— a person who worked as an informant in the military with knowledge that his reports resulted in civilian deaths; and
— a person convicted of a felony drug charge in the U.S. who served in his native country’s military for several years, turning over victims to a regime perpetrating documented human rights violations.
—City News Service