Two top members of Colombia's underworld, including one on the FBI's most-wanted list, are being transferred to offshore floating prisons for security reasons, the government has said.
Diego Montoya, also known as "Don Diego," and Carlos Jimenez, a paramilitary leader, were being moved from the Combita prison to separate "prison boats".
Carlos Holguin, Colombia's interior minister, told Caracol radio that Jimenez was transferred on Thursday and Montoya was to be moved on Friday.
Both are awaiting extradition to the United States.
Holguin said that Montoya had on Thursday been taken to the Combita maximum security prison, located about 120km northeast of Bogota.
In what he called a mix-up, he said the National Prisons Institute took another high-profile prisoner - Diego Fernando Murillo, a former paramilitary leader - out of his cell in Combita and sent him to the navy warship on the Pacific instead of Montoya.
Murillo is to be returned to his cell in Combita.
Last Mod: 14 Eylül 2007, 17:56