Colombia rebels release proof of life for kidnapped man

May 28, 2012 23:33


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BOGOTA - Colombian FARC rebels on Monday released a proof of life video in which a kidnapped French journalist appeared relaxed while chatting with the guerrilla fighters that took him hostage a month ago.

French reporter Romeo Langlois was seized on April 28 by heavily armed members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia during a clash with troops carrying out an anti-drug raid in Caqueta, a rebel-stronghold in Colombia's south. The FARC have vowed to free Langlois on Wednesday.

"Go ahead, ask me more questions if you like. ... It's weird, I usually ask the questions because I'm the journalist, but it's ok," Langlois tells a female FARC member in the video aired by Venezuelan based television network Telesur.

Sitting barechested on a bench, the video shows Langlois chatting amicably with his kidnappers.

"The government has never been fond of me, because I've always gone to both sides, to gather the opinion of everyone," Langlois said.

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