NBC Evening News for Saturday, Aug 19, 1989
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(Studio: Maria Shriver) Reports introd.
(Studio: Brian Ross) Murder in Bogota, Colombia, of political candidate Luis Galan by drug cartel assassins featured; scenes shown of assassination at political rally. Promise by President Virgilio Barco to revive extradition treaty with United States which will allow drug traffickers to be tried in US. Freedom and power of Medellin drug cartel in Colombia reviewed; scenes shown of drug bosses Pablo Escobar and Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha. [Senator John KERRY - likens situation in Colombia to American wild West.] Scenes shown from Galan's funeral. Response from President Bush in support of Barco's stmts. detailed.
(Studio: Mississippi, Brian Ross) Review of extradition process between United States and Colombia and US' posture toward helping Colombia deal with its drug-related violence discussed.