Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Netanyahu deletes tweet featuring photo of James Foley

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

  • ‘European GPS’ satellites launched into wrong orbit

    Read more

  • Merkel in Kiev as aid convoy ‘returns to Russia’

    Read more

  • Suicide bomber targets Iraq intelligence HQ in deadly attack

    Read more

  • Video: Israel bombs kidnapping suspect’s home

    Read more

  • US brands journalist’s beheading a ‘terrorist attack’

    Read more

  • Ebola prompts Philippines to recall UN troops in Liberia

    Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • US sued over ‘deportation mill’ in New Mexico

    Read more

  • Colombian army and FARC rebels in face-to-face talks

    Read more

  • US National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Ferguson

    Read more

  • PSG fall flat once more against Evian

    Read more

  • US job market yet to recover from recession, says Fed Chair

    Read more

  • August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history

    Read more

  • Central African Republic announces coalition cabinet

    Read more

  • French firebrand leftist to quit party presidency, but not politics

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Colombia probes Swiss mediator payoff to FARC

Latest update : 2008-07-15

Colombia has launched an investigation over allegations that a Swiss hostage mediator, Jean-Pierre Gontard, paid 500,000 dollars to the FARC rebels. Fifteen hostages were released from the FARC earlier this month.

Colombia's public prosecutor announced Tuesday the launch of an investigation into Swiss mediator Jean-Pierre Gontard, who is suspected of paying 500,000 dollars to the leftist FARC guerrillas.
  
"There are elements of this investigation which have led to us to consider whether he (Gontard) could be the head of, or participant in, an illegal association," prosecutor Mario Iguaran told private radio W.
  
The probe was launched on the basis of statements made by Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos, who accused Gontard of paying a FARC associate 500,000 dollars in March in Costa Rica, Iguaran said.
  
Gontard's name also came up repeatedly on the computer of Raul Reyes, a top FARC leader who was killed March 1 in a cross Colombian cross-border military raid in Ecuador, he said.
  
The Colombian military this month tricked the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia into releasing 15 hostages who had been held for years in the jungle, including French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans.

Date created : 2008-07-15

COMMENT(S)