Colombian reporter denies links to leftist rebels

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September 11, 2010 05:48

 
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CARACAS, Venezuela – A Colombian reporter accused of conspiring with leftist rebels denied the allegations Friday, said his contacts with the guerrillas were purely for his journalistic work.

William Parra said in an interview with The Associated Press in Venezuela, where he lives, that police and military in his home country have viewed him as an enemy ever since he refused to lead them to a camp where he interviewed a leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

"I don't have anything to hide. My closeness to the guerrillas was exclusively out of journalistic interest," Parra told the AP. "I never passed a line beyond that."

A Colombian court issued a warrant for Parra's arrest Monday. Prosecutors have accused him of financing terrorist activities and sedition. But on Friday, prosecutor Ricardo Bejarano said he was removed from the case.

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