Ingrid Betancourt Withdraws $7 Million Compensation Claim Against Colombian Government
July 14, 2010 By Staff
Today in Latin America
Top Story — Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt withdrew her claim for nearly $7 million dollars in government compensation on Tuesday following intense criticism that she was being ungrateful for her rescue.
Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2002, while in the southern town of San Vicente del Caguán and held hostage for six years. Betancourt was rescued when she and 14 other hostages were handed over to soldiers masquerading as members of a humanitarian group.
Betancourt argued that her kidnapping was the result of the failure of the Colombian government to protect her while she was a presidential candidate, but the government says Betancourt had assumed responsibility for the journey.
On June 30, Betancourt’s lawyer, Gabriel Devis, filed the demand for million of dollars for damages to her and her family. The demand quickly caused an outrage in Colombia and caused her to defend herself in a television interview from New York on Sunday.
The Colombian defense ministry said the demand was for some 6.9 million dollars, but the attorney general’s office said the total request was close to $8 million and was for Ingrid, her sister, her mother and her two children.
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