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Animal-rights activists arraigned in L.A.

April 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two animal rights activists were arraigned Monday on charges tied to an attempted bombing at the home of a University of California, Los Angeles, researcher. Linda Faith Greene, 61, and Kevin Richard Olliff, 22, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to three counts apiece of conspiracy to commit stalking, three counts of stalking, two counts of conspiracy to threaten a public officer of school employee, and two counts of threatening a public officer of school employee. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office issued a statement calling the pair "alleged domestic terrorists."

A grand jury indictment handed up March 27 and unsealed Monday alleges that in July 2006 an un-named co-conspirator attempted to place an explosive device on the doorstep of UCLA professor Lynn Fairbank's home, but mistakenly left it at a neighbor's house. The device did not detonate. According to the indictment, Greene posted an Internet "communiqué" from the group Animal Liberation Front claiming responsibility for the action. Greene is also accused of using a Web site to identify professor Fairbanks as a "target," and publishing her address and other personal information online.

The indictment also alleges that Green and Olliff stalked executives of Los Angeles-based POM Wonderful Juice Co., believing that POM was using animal experiments to support claims that pomegranate juice could improve erectile function in some men.

Greene was being held on $450,000 bail, Olliff on $460,000 bail. Both are due back in court for a pretrial hearing May 20.

Meanwhile, a fugitive animal rights activist accused of bombing two corporate buildings in California has become the first alleged domestic terrorist to be place on the FBI's list of "Most Wanted" terror suspects. Daniel Andres San Diego, 31, of Berkeley, Calif., is suspected in the 2003 bombings at the corporate offices of Chiron Corp, a biotechnology firm, and Shaklee Corp. a nutrition and cosmetics company, both based in northern California. No one was injured in the explosions, which caused only minor damage to the buildings. A group calling itself took "Revolutionary Cells," took responsibility in a series of e-mails, stating that Chiron and Shaklee had been targeted for their links to a research company that conducted drug and chemical experiments on animals.

San Diego's whereabouts are unknown. In searching for him, the FBI has contacted officials as far away as Germany, Argentina, and the Philippines. A $250,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his capture.

AP contributed to this story


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