The Colombian army freed two citizens of Brazil and Switzerland from captivity by the FARC
The military of Colombia managed to release two citizens of Brazil and Switzerland, which since March for ransom, kept in captivity, the militants of the Revolutionary armed forces of Colombia (FARC/FARC).
"At the end of this operation has grown to six the number of citizens rescued from captivity (militants - ed.) Mobile columns Dagobert Ramos. The ransom money is their way of earning money", - said the commander of the third division General Jorge Isaacs Hoyos, videos arrival of the military Board, and a briefing with journalists published in the microblog of the armed forces on Twitter.
As told the former hostages, traveling around the country in March was interrupted with the announcement of the quarantine coronavirus, after which they decided the shortest way to reach the capital. In the Department of Cauca, in the West they captured and demanded from relatives ransom in the amount of one million dollars. According to rescued, the kidnappers without violence and even bought dry food to their dogs that returned from captivity together with the owners.
Earlier Thursday, the US offered a reward of up to $ 10 million for information that helps capture and imprisonment of two former leaders of the guerrilla groups under pseudonyms Jesus of Santrich and Ivan Marquez. In January, Colombia asked the United States and the European Union to include the FARC dissidents in their lists of terrorist organizations.
The FARC was established in 1964 as the military wing of the local Communist party to struggle for a "New Colombia" - a society of social justice and equality. In the ranks of the group consisted of 20 thousand soldiers. Peace negotiations with the authorities took almost four years and not once were on the verge of collapse, but in the end was successful.
After the peace agreement with the authorities of the FARC movement transformed into a political party, the Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común ("Common revolutionary alternative force," HORACE/FARC), changing the name but retaining the familiar acronym. The party's registration was completed on 10 October 2017.
In August 2019, the Commission, the Special jurisdiction for peace (JEP) excluded from the system of protection from criminal prosecution a number of former leaders of the FARC for violating the peace agreement, issued arrest warrants for the rebels, who two years ago declared intention once again to take up arms.