Fidel Castro in Farc hostage plea

Published on BBC news, by , July 6, 2008.

Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro has called on the Colombian Farc rebel movement to release all of its remaining hostages.

His comments follow the rescue of Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and 14 others on Wednesday.

He said he had energetically criticised the “cruel methods of kidnapping and holding prisoners in the jungle” …

… In June, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called on them to end their four-decade struggle and release all their hostages.

Tricked:

Earlier, Ms Betancourt said she was planning to write a play about her experience of being held hostage by the Colombian rebels for six years.

Ms Betancourt wants to write a play about her captivity

She also said she had been given a clean bill of health after undergoing medical tests following her release from the Colombian jungle on Wednesday.

The former Colombian presidential candidate, who has dual French-Colombian nationality, was freed along with 14 other hostages after their captors were apparently tricked into handing them over to army personnel disguised as independent agency staff.

On Friday Ms Betancourt – who grew up, studied and raised her family in France – was flown from Colombia to Paris on a French presidential plane. (full text).

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