Footage shows Ingrid Betancourt alive
These people are being used as pawns by FARC and Chavez is part of the mix.
The Colombian government broadcast videos on Friday of kidnapped
politician Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans in the first proof
since 2003 that the high-profile rebel hostages were still alive.
The videos, which also showed Colombian military officers
kidnapped by guerrillas, were confiscated from three suspected
rebels captured in Bogota and included images from October,
Peace Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo said.
Betancourt, a dual French-Colombian citizen and former
presidential candidate captured in 2002, and the Americans are
among the most well-known captives held by the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia rebels waging Latin America’s oldest
“In a Colombian army operation against the FARC’s urban
networks, three people were captured and in their possession
was found proof of life of a group of kidnap victims,” said
Brief clips of the videos broadcast by local television
showed images of Betancourt sitting in jungle surroundings and
the Americans. U.S. contractors Thomas Howes, Marc Gonsalves
and Keith Stansell were snatched by the FARC when their
aircraft crashed on a counter-narcotics mission.