Eco-terror defendant arrested in Cuba after 12 years on run

PORTLAND, Ore. — Prosecutors say a former Seattle man wanted in connection with an eco-terrorism conspiracy dating back two decades has been arrested in Cuba.

Cuban authorities detained 50-year-old Joseph Mahmoud Dibee before he boarded a flight for Russia. He pleaded not guilty Friday to federal arson and conspiracy charges in Portland, Oregon.

Prosecutors say that in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Dibee joined about a dozen animal rights and environmental activists in setting fires around the West. The group targeted a horticulture center at the University of Washington; a federally owned wild horse corral in Susanville, California; and a horse slaughterhouse in Redmond, Oregon, among other properties.

Investigators said Dibee participated in the Susanville and Redmond fires, as well as one at a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility in Olympia, Washington.

Dibee fled the U.S. in December 2005, a month before he was indicted. One defendant, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, remains at large after fleeing to Europe in 2001.

Must Read

The Latest: Kuwait's emir quickly ends troubled...

Dec 5, 2017

Kuwait's emir has quickly ended a troubled summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council amid the ongoing...

Kuwait calms Philippines after dead worker found...

Feb 13, 2018

Kuwait's foreign minister is trying to calm the anger of the Philippines after a dead Filipina was...

Eurozone gets deal to pave way for end to...

Jun 22, 2018

Eurozone nations agreed on the final elements of a plan to get Greece out of its 8-year bailout...

Dutch lawmakers extend tolerance to cultivating...

Feb 21, 2017

Dutch lawmakers have voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, a move that could...

With economy up, crime down, why are the Dutch...

Mar 6, 2017

The economy is up, unemployment is down and some Dutch prisons are so empty the government has been...