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Fugitive in eco-terrorism case turns herself in at US-Canada border

After a decade on the run, a Canadian citizen surrendered to the FBI at the border in Washington. An alleged former member of two militant environmental groups, she faces federal arson and conspiracy charges.

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This undated file photograph provided by the FBI shows fugitive Rebecca Rubin. Rubin, a fugitive in the largest eco-terrorism case in US history, surrendered to federal agents on Thursday at the international border with Canada in Blaine, Wash., according to federal officials.

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After a decade on the run, a fugitive in the largest eco-terrorism case in US history has turned herself in to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a Canadian citizen who had been living recently in Canada, surrendered to federal agents on Thursday at the international border with Canada in Blaine, Wash., according to federal officials.

Following an initial appearance in US District Court in Seattle, she was expected to be transferred to Oregon to stand trial on federal charges including arson, use of a destructive device, and conspiracy.

Ms. Rubin is alleged to have been part of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and Animal Liberation Front (ALF), militant environmental groups that used violence to fight back against those they deemed harmful to the environment.

Rubin is accused of plotting with 12 others to carry out 20 acts of arson from 1996 to 2001 in five Western states. The groups sought to intimidate government agencies, private businesses, and local residents through planned acts of sabotage.

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