Colombian rebels say killed governor

Colombian rebels said Tuesday they killed a kidnapped governor last month because of a government order to rescue rebel-held hostages.

Colombian rebels say killed governor

Colombian rebels said Tuesday they killed a kidnapped governor last month because of a government order to rescue rebel-held hostages.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said in a statement that Governor Luis Cuellar of the southern jungle province of Caqueta was allied with right-wing paramilitary militias formed in the 1980s to fight the rebels.

"Despite the evident links between the governor and paramilitarism, the objective of retaining him was not to kill him or seek ransom but to put him on trial for corruption," the guerrillas said in a statement released on the www.anncol.eu website, which regularly carries FARC communications.

The 69-year-old official was snatched from his home on Dec. 21. The government and Cuellar's family speculate that he refused to cooperate with his abductors and was executed as an army search party closed in.

The theory was supported by the FARC statement, which said: "This undesired and tragic event is a direct consequence of the order given by (President) Alvaro Uribe to rescue hostages by force."


Reuters

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