March 30th, 2010
01:47 AM ET

FARC rebels to release hostage, Colombian senator says

Leftist rebels are expected to release the second of two Colombian soldiers Tuesday, an official said.

Sgt. Pablo Emilio Moncayo has been held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for 12 years.

Josue Daniel Calvo, who had been held for 11 months, was reunited with his family on a tarmac in the city of Villavicencio Sunday, where the helicopter that retrieved him touched down.

The humanitarian mission to release the men has been led by Colombian Sen. Piedad Cordoba, who said Sunday she hoped the FARC would set him free Tuesday.  The Red Cross also has been involved in the effort.

Calvo was released Sunday to the humanitarian mission including Cordoba.

Calvo became dizzy and sick on the helicopter ride, but he was in better health than they expected, Cordoba said at a news conference.

The soldier walked from the helicopter with his family with the aid of a walking stick. Calvo was very happy to be back with his family, Cordoba said.

The guerrilla group, known by its Spanish acronym FARC, has been waging war against the Colombian government since the 1960s.  Colombia had previously said the rebels were holding thousands of captives, but the government group Freedom Foundation said this month that FARC was holding only 50 people. The group attributed the revision to "cleaning up databases."

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  1. Jeremy

    Now we just need the leftist rebels to free the 300 million hostages in this country.

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