Colombian rebels order release of abducted Betancourt aide

Colombian rebels said Tuesday in a statement that they had ordered the release of three hostages, including Clara Rojas, kidnapped in 2002 alongside French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.

Colombian rebels order release of abducted Betancourt aide
"The order to free them in Colombia has already been given," the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said in a statement issued in Cuba and given to the Colombian government by the Cuban Ambassador to Bogota.

The Marxist rebels said they will free Rojas -- a top aide in Betancourt's 2002 presidential bid -- the three- or four-year-old son she had with an insurgent father while in captivity as well as lawmaker Consuelo Gonzalez.

The statement said the captives would be handed over to Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez or "whomever he opts to designate."

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