Former FARC hostage and Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.
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Ingrid Betancourt Withdraws $7 Million Compensation Claim Against Colombian Government

July 14, 2010 By Staff

Former FARC hostage and Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.

Former FARC hostage and Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.

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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    Alejandro Orozco says:

    This article about Ingrid Betancourt is missing a small part of the story. The colombian goverment warnned her about the risks of traveling by land to San Vicente del Caguan, But she refused to listen and her response was ” I’ll go by land because nobody can touch me”, her arrogance and prepotence is why she got kidnaped. all this is register on video ( in spanish).

    Maurizio says:

    Colombia is a beautiful place full of smart and amazing people. Unfortunately, people like this woman (Ingrid) have been hurting this country for decades. Politicians like her are not working for their country and its people’s interests. They just want to steal money and use Colombia as their personal playground to become rich and powerful. She does not deserve anything! She had gotten enough already. She was an overpay politician for years that did not do anything for her country. I am very sorry she got kidnaped. However, her arrogance and need for publicity (as the previous blogger wrote) got her into that situation.

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