It has emerged 11 hostages killed in Colombia last month died in crossfire between two rebel groups and not between rebels and the military as originally told by the FARC. The news has emerged in a radio conversation recorded by Colombia’s Intelligence Agency. Its chief Andres Penate says:
“As a result of the confrontation, the order was given to assassinate the deputies. The man who gave the order is known as “el Grillo Jefe” from the 60th front of the FARC. We know that 11 deputies were killed in the confrontation, as well as various FARC terrorists.”
The lawmakers were kidnapped in April 2002 by the FARC, Colombia’s oldest and most powerful rebel group.
They have reportedly proposed to hand over the bodies but have so far failed to do so.
“For us, it’s urgent that they hand over the bodies,” said Fabiola Perdomo, the wife of one of the murdered deputies. “What happened, how it happened, that can be discussed later. The priority for the families is to be able to give our loved ones a final goodbye.”
The FARC is demanding 500 of its members be freed from Colombian jails in exchange for 45 more hostages.