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Venezuela has location of 4 hostages to be freed by Colombian rebels, justice minister says

Venezuela has location of 4 hostages to be freed by Colombian rebels, justice minister says

Colombian rebels have told President Hugo Chavez's government where they hope to hand over four hostages on Wednesday, Venezuela's justice minister said.
Justice Minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin said Monday that there have been heavy Colombian military operations in the zone _ an accusation denied by the Colombian military.
"We now have with precision the place where the four hostages are being held by the FARC," Rodriguez Chacin told reporters, referring to the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. He added that officials hope to pick up the hostages on Wednesday.
Colombia's army commander, Gen. Mario Montoya, said earlier that there are no military operations in the zone, but Rodriguez countered: "there are military operations, and very strong ones."
The justice minister, who last month oversaw the release of three other hostages, said Venezuela does not plan to share the pickup coordinates with the International Committee of the Red Cross, as it did last time.
"The Red Cross won't have it," Rodriguez said, referring to the hostages' location. "Only I will have it." He said that was "at the FARC's request."
He spoke flanked by relatives of the Colombian hostages Gloria Polanco, former Sen. Luis Eladio Perez, and ex-congressman Orlando Beltran. The rebels also have pledged to release ailing former congressman Jorge Gechem.


Updated : 2020-12-02 09:04 GMT+08:00