Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

France's Iliad reaches for T-Mobile

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is Poor Military Training Causing a Larger Death Toll in Gaza?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola death toll tops 700

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Villepin Criticises France for Not Speaking Out on Gaza

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

UNRWA official breaks down over Gaza deaths

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults: Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds' (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults: Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds'

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

War and Markets, with Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist at Saxo Bank

Read more

FOCUS

Constitution prohibits Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president

Read more

  • Gaza ceasefire crumbles as Israel resumes military operations

    Read more

  • Regional summit to tackle deadly Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • €2.5mn of cocaine ‘disappears’ from Paris police HQ

    Read more

  • Interactive: France’s new plan to counter jihadism in Africa

    Read more

  • Ukrainian army suffers losses in separatist attack

    Read more

  • Dozens killed and injured in Taiwan gas blast

    Read more

  • Argentinian markets plummet following default

    Read more

  • French Jews speak of growing fear in Paris amid Gaza conflict

    Read more

  • Video: Inside Hamas ‘terror’ tunnels in Gaza

    Read more

  • Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over spread of Ebola

    Read more

  • France remembers murdered socialist hero Jean Jaurès

    Read more

  • Air France ground workers to strike on August 2

    Read more

  • Scores feared dead in India landslide

    Read more

  • Russia ordered to pay further €1.9bn to Yukos shareholders

    Read more

  • Russia defiant as US, EU unveil 'phase three' sanctions

    Read more

Americas

Betancourt to bring FARC deserter to France

Latest update : 2008-12-07

Wilson Bueno alias "Isaza", a former FARC guerilla who deserted and freed a hostage, is due to travel to France shortly with ex-hostage Ingrid Betancourt. The man was promised a reward and asylum in France.

AFP - A Colombian leftist guerrilla who deserted along with a hostage he was guarding will travel to France soon with Franco-Colombian ex-hostage Ingrid Betancourt, government sources told AFP Saturday.
  
The ex-rebel, whose name is Wilson Bueno but is best known by his code-name 'Isaza,' deserted the ranks of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in October along with Congressman Mauricio Lizcano.
  
"We expect the trip in a few days," presidential spokesman Cesar Velasquez told AFP on Saturday.
  
Velasquez said that it is the goal of both President Alvaro Uribe and French President Nicolas Sarkozy for Bueno to travel.
  
Only "minor details" are left to complete for the former guerrilla to travel, diplomatic sources told AFP speaking on condition of anonymity.
  
The head of Colombia's military, General Freddy Padilla, said in Medellin on Saturday that Bueno will travel to Paris with Betancourt on Monday.
  
Betancourt earlier said that both Sarkozy and Uribe told her that Bueno would get a reward and asylum in France as promised.
  
Betancourt, 46, a former presidential candidate, was freed in July after six years held by FARC guerrillas.
  
The FARC is holding some 28 hostages as political prisoners with the aim of exchanging them for its members held in Colombian and US jails.
  
The group is also holding an estimated 700 other hostages, most of them ordinary Colombian citizens seized for ransom.

Date created : 2008-12-07

COMMENT(S)