Rebel commander: reporter's release running late

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A top Colombian rebel commander has appeared in the southern hamlet where French journalist Romeo Langlois is due to be released and says the operation is running late.

Jairo Martinez blames heavy rains in recent days. He is regional coordinator for the southern bloc of The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

The delegation that is to receive the journalist arrived earlier than expected. It consists of the International Red Cross, a French diplomat and a Colombian ex-senator.

A public address system played rebel songs as hundreds of peasants of converged on the hamlet of San Isidro for Wednesday's planned handover.

Langlois fell into rebel hands April 28 while accompanying government troops on a cocaine lab-destruction mission.

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