Villavicencio: The International Red Cross says Colombian rebels have freed a soldier they captured almost a year ago.
Red Cross spokesman Adolfo Beteta says Josue Daniel Calvo is in the hands of the humanitarian group. The 23-year-old private had spent nearly a year in captivity of leftist rebels.
A Brazilian helicopter emblazoned with the Red Cross logo is being used in Sunday's rescue operation. The opposition senator leading the mission, Piedad Cordoba, says the FARC will turn over a second soldier early next week.
Sgt Pablo Emilio Moncayo, 32, has been held for 12 years. His father became famous for walking halfway across Colombia to press for his son's release.
First Published: Monday, March 29, 2010, 09:06