Bogota accuses Venezuela’s president of “violating terms of mediation”.
Speaking to Al Jazeera from Paris, Lorenzo Delloye, Betancourt’s son, said: “I was happy to see my mother was alive… we hadn’t had news from her since four years.
|“I was happy to see my mother was alive… we hadn’t had news from her since four years”
“The other feeling I had was sadness… to see she was really, really sad, suffering… the reality of someone being held hostage in the Colombian jungle, which is inhuman.”
Alvaro Uribe, Colombia’s president, said that there were indications that Betancourt had been tortured.
“The video indicates torture, particularly in the case of Dr Ingrid Betancourt and Senator Eladio Perez,” hee said.
However, Betancourt’s sister Ingrid insisted there was nothing to suggest the former senator had been tortured. She said Uribe’s statements had endangered future efforts to have the hostages released.
|Three alleged Farc fighters were arrested
when the videos were seized [AFP]
“It is something the families of the hostages and ourselves have been waiting for a long time,” he said.
The Colombian military also seized letters written by the hostages.
One letter dated October 24 was written by Betancourt to Yolanda Pulecio, her mother, authorities said. In another letter, dated November 26, 2006, Howes makes changes to his will.
Betancourt and the three Americans are among about 45 hostages that Farc wants to swap for 500 prisoners from the group.