Ingrid Betancourt Update
A Colombian judge Wednesday sentenced leaders of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in abentia to 40-year prison terms for the 2002 kidnapping of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, who remains in captivity.
The seven suspects include top FARC leader Pedro Marin, whose nickname is "Sure Shot", Edgar Devia and Jorge Briceno.
The FARC leaders were accused of hostage taking, kidnapping, terrorism and rebellion.
Betancourt, who holds both Colombian and French nationalities, was abducted on February 23, 2002 as she travelled in a rebel-controlled region shortly after peace talks broke down and government troops were ordered into the safe haven.
She was running for the presidency on the ticket of a tiny Green party. Her running mate was also kidnapped by FARC.
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