Hopes are high for the release of three hostages being held by left-wing FARC guerrillas in Colombia. The three are Clara de Rojas, a former vice presidential candidate, her three-year-old son and a former Colombian lawmaker.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been mediating the release of the hostages, is scheduled to hold a press conference in Caracas shortly to spell out the details of the release.
Juan Carlos Lecompte, the husband of Ingrid Betancourt, a French-Colombian and former presidential candidate being held by the FARC, has expressed the hope that more prisoners will be set free:
“President Chavez will announce the logistics and details of the liberation. I hope that there will be other news. That is the hope I have. Of course, they’re going to refer to the three people that they are going to release, but I hope they will talk about the other hostages.”
FARC promised it would free three of the prisoners as a goodwill gesture.
The FARC has long used kidnapping in its war against the Colombian government. Despite troop movements along the Venezuelan border where the release is expected the freeing of the three is considered imminent.