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FARC Renews Offer to Free Former US Marine

By    |   Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 02:32 PM

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Tuesday reiterated its offer to release Kevin Scott Sutay, an American citizen and former U.S. serviceman it has been holding for nearly 40 days. But the Marxist-Leninist guerilla group, which has been fighting to overthrow the Colombian government for nearly half a century, also insisted that Bogota send a high-level delegation to retrieve Sutay, Al-Jazeera reported.

The FARC calls Sutay a "mercenary" and claims he had a military uniform and hidden camera with him when he was apprehended by the rebels June 20.

U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Michael McKinley said Sunday that the allegations are untrue and that Sutay was traveling through the country as a private citizen.

"We have put the ball in the government’s court," FARC leader Rodrigo Granda — known by the nom de guerre Ricardo Tellez — told reporters in Havana Tuesday. The guerrilla organization is in Cuba for peace negotiations to end its war against the Colombian government.

The FARC said it is prepared to release Sutay to a "humanitarian commission" that includes representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Piedad Cordoba , a former senator who has often served as an intermediary between the elected government and the rebels.

The government opposes this demand on grounds that the FARC would turn the event into a propaganda spectacle.


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