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Local university dean is a wanted man in his homeland

 

 

 

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Students at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville may not realize there's a big-name fugitive on campus.

Aldemaro Romero is the school's dean of arts and sciences, son of a famous Venezuelen musician, and a wanted man in his homeland.

The Venezuelan government has accused him of "treason to the motherland." That happened almost 20 years ago when he was working as a scientist and denounced Venezuelen fishermen for illegally killing dolphins for shark bait.

Romero fled to the United States and says it would be "suicidal" to go back.

He's been a dean at SIU in Edwardsville since 2009.

Romero recently donated 50,000 resource materials to the university archives. These include research notes, audiotapes of whale sounds and FBI reports on his run-in with Venezuelan authorities.

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