Betancourt could be outside Colombia

BOGOTA, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Former Colombian presidential hopeful Ingrid Betancourt -- abducted by leftist rebels -- could be out of the country, said President Alvaro Uribe.

Report: Colombia captive has rebel's child

BOGOTA, April 5 (UPI) -- A former vice presidential hopeful turned captive of Colombian rebels gave birth to a child fathered by one of her captors, a report says.

Colombians to vote on hostage swap

BOGOTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Colombian voters will be deciding whether the government should swap jailed leftist rebels for the hostages they hold.

France negotiating hostage's release

BOGOTA, July 22 (UPI) -- France reportedly is negotiating with the Colombian guerrillas who are holding French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt hostage. The alleged negotiations to free Betancourt were reported in the French press Friday, which cited the Colombian daily new

France reaches out to FARC

BOGOTA, July 21 (UPI) -- French authorities have contacted Colombia's leading left-wing rebel group in hopes of securing the release of a French citizen.

Colombia: Rebels still holding hostages

BOGOTA, May 16 (UPI) -- Numerous hostages captured over the years by Colombia's leading rebel group are still alive, the leadership says.

Uribe agrees to release 23 rebels

BOGOTA, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- In a unilateral and sudden move, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has agreed to release 23 members of the FARC guerrilla movement.

Betancourt's marks 1,000th day as hostage

BOGOTA, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Colombian politician and one-time presidential hopeful Ingrid Betancourt Friday marked her 1,000th day as a hostage of the left-wing rebel group, FARC.

Colombian rebels snatch hiking tourists

BOGOTA, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Eight tourists hiking through Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountains have been kidnapped by a notorious guerrilla group, the BBC reported Sunday.

Kidnapped official pleads for rescue

BOGOTA, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A former Colombian presidential candidate who was kidnapped by rebels more than a year and a half ago is pleading with the government to rescue her.

Colombia: Bolivarians and the state

QUERETARO, Mexico, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The Bolivarian Movement. We must be talking of President Hugo Chávez's government in Venezuela. But no, there is another Bolivarian movement, next door to Venezuela, in Colombia. The Bolivarian Movement for the New Colombia is the progeny of the Revolutio
IAN CAMPBELL, UPI Economics Correspondent

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Ingrid Betancourt
Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt speaks to guests during an arrival ceremony held in her honor at the Villacoublay military base near Paris on July 4, 2008. Betancourt, who holds both French and Columbian citizenship, was rescued on July 2nd from rebels in Columbia after six years in captivity. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

Íngrid Betancourt Pulecio (born 25 December 1961) is a Colombian politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist. She acquired French citizenship as a result of her first marriage to a French national.

Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on 23 February 2002 and was rescued by Colombian security forces six and a half years later on 2 July 2008. The rescue operation, dubbed Operation Jaque, rescued Betancourt along with 14 other hostages (three Americans and eleven Colombian policemen and soldiers). In all, she was held captive for 2,321 days after being taken while campaigning for the Colombian presidency as a Green. She had decided to campaign in the former "zone of distention", after the military operation "Tanatos" was launched, and after the zone was declared free of guerrillas by the government. Her kidnapping received worldwide coverage, particularly in France, because of her dual French-Colombian citizenship.

She has received multiple international awards, such as the Légion d'honneur. In 2008 she received the Concord Prince of Asturias Award. She was also nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008. A book written also in 2008 by fellow hostages, 'Out of captivity' (Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Thomas Howes) paint a picture of a more complex and less heroic person. She has been reported for having obtained privileges because of her status as a well-known political hostage. Clara Rojas, another fellow hostage, is also bitter when referring to Betancourt. Those comments have been denied by other hostages (John Fran Pinchao, Jorge Eduardo Gechem, Gloria Polanco) who describe her as a person with a caring and courageous nature. One of them (Luis Eladio Perez) claims Betancourt saved his life. Between the three authors of 'Out of Captivity' there is evidence of strong controversies, which tend to undermine the attacks made against Betancourt.

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