List of political hostages held by FARC

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The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is a self-proclaimed Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization, listed internationally as a terrorist group by a number of countries. Current estimates claim that the FARC presently have hundreds of hostages who are held for ransom.

The following list of former hostages are what the FARC called "canjeables" (exchangeable), as they offered their freedom in return for the liberty of 500 FARC members held in Colombian prisons through a prisoner exchange. The humanitarian exchange never happened. The FARC released their last political hostages in April 2012.[1]

Former hostages[edit]

Name Capture Free
Date Place Position Date Reason
Pedro José Guarnizo Ovalle 1997-07-02 Urabá, Antioquia Sergeant First Class 2003-05-05 Rescued
Pablo Emilio Moncayo Cabrera 1997-12-21 Patascoy, Nariño Corporal 2010-03-30 Released
Libio Jose Martinez Estrada 2011-11-26 Killed
José Miguel Arteaga 1998-03-03 El Billar, Caquetá Corporal 2008-07-02 Rescued
William Humberto Pérez Medina
José Ricardo Marulanda Valencia Sergeant
Luis Alfonso Beltran Franco Corporal 2012-04-02 Released
Luis Arturo Arcia
Wagner Harvey Tapias Torres 1998-05-28 Mutata, Antioquia Lieutenant 2003-05-05 Killed
Samuel Ernesto Cote 1998-06-11 Frontino, Antioquia Corporal 2003-05-05 Killed
Francisco Manuel Negrete Mendoza 1998-08-01 Pavarandó, Antioquia Corporal 2003-05-05 Killed
Mario Alberto Marín Franco 1998-08-03
Armando Flórez Pantoja 1998-08-03 Miraflores, Guaviare Corporal 2008-07-02 Rescued
Julio Cesar Buitrago Cuesta
Jhon Jairo Durán Tuay
Juan Carlos Bermeo Covaleda Lieutenant
Erasmo Romero Rodríguez Sergeant
Arbey Delgado Argote 2010-06-13
William Donato Gomez Lieutenant 2010-06-14
Róbinson Salcedo Guarín Corporal 2012-04-02 Released
Luis Alfredo Moreno Chagueza
Raimundo Castellanos Malagón 1998-08-04 La Uribe, Meta Sub-Lieutenant 2008-07-02 Rescued
Héctor Lucuara Duván Segura 1998-08-14 Tamborales, Chocó Sergeant First Class 2003-05-05 Killed
Jairsinio Navarrete Sánchez 1998-08-15 Corporal
Edgar Yesid Duarte Valero 1998-10-14 El Paujil, Caquetá Captain 2011-11-26 Killed
Elkin Hernández Rivas Lieutenant
Luis Hernando Peña Bonilla 1998-11-01 Mitú, Vaupés Subintendent December 2001 Killed
Jhon Frank Pinchao Blanco 2007-05-16 Escaped
Julián Ernesto Guevara Castro Captain 2006-01-28 Died in captivity
Vianey Javier Rodríguez Porras Lieutenant 2008-07-02 Rescued
Luis Herlindo Mendieta Ovalle Lieutenant Colonel 2010-06-13 Rescued
Enrique Murillo Sanchez Captain
César Augusto Lasso Monsalve Sergeant 2012-04-02 Released
Heriberto Aranguren González 1999-06-22 Aguas Prietas, Córdoba Sergeant 2003-05-05 Rescued
Carlos José Duarte Rojas 1999-07-10 Puerto Rico, Meta Subintendent 2012-04-02 Released
Wilson Rojas Medina
Jorge Trujillo Solarte
Jorge Humberto Romero
José Libardo Forero Carrero Corporal
Armando Castellanos Gaona 1999-11-16 La Arada, Tolima Subintendent 2008-07-02 Rescued
Luis Alberto Erazo Maya 1999-12-09 Curillo, Caquetá Sergeant 2011-11-26 Rescued
Álvaro Jose Moreno Intendant Killed
Alejandro Ledesma Ortiz 1999-12-12 Juradó, Chocó Lieutenant 2003-05-05 Killed
José Gregorio Peña Guarín Corporal
Antenor Biella Hernández Rescued
Oscar Tulio Lizcano 2000-08-05 Riosucio, Caldas Representative 2008-10-26 Escaped
Fernando Araújo Perdomo 2000-12-04 Cartagena, Bolívar Minister 2007-01-05 Escaped
Luis Eladio Pérez Bonilla 2001-06-10 Ipiales, Nariño Senator 2008-02-27 Released
Gloria Polanco de Lozada 2001-06-26 Neiva, Huila First Lady of the Huila Department 2008-02-27 Released
Alan Edmundo Jara Urzola 2001-07-15 Lejanías, Meta Ex-Governor of Meta 2009-02-03 Released
Orlando Beltrán Cuellar 2001-08-28 Gigante, Huila Representative 2008-02-27 Released
Consuelo González de Perdomo 2001-09-10 Highway in Huila Representative 2008-01-10 Released
Jorge Eduardo Géchem Turbay 2002-02-20 Flight towards Hobo, Huila Senator 2008-02-27 Released
Ingrid Betancourt Pulecio 2002-02-23 Montañitas, Caquetá Presidential Candidate 2008-07-02 Rescued
Clara Leticia Rojas González Campaign Manager 2008-01-10 Released
Francisco Javier Giraldo Cadavid 2002-04-11 Cali, Valle del Cauca Valle del Cauca Deputy 2007-06-18 Killed
Juan Carlos Narváez Reyes
Carlos Alberto Barragán López
Carlos Alberto Charry Quiroga
Jairo Javier Hoyos Salcedo
Edinson Pérez Núñez
Nacianceno Orozco Grisales
Rufino Varela
Alberto Quintero Herrera
Héctor Fabio Arizmendi Ospina
Ramiro Echeverri Sánchez
Sigifredo López Tobón 2002-04-11 Cali, Valle del Cauca Valle del Cauca Deputy 2009-02-05 Released
Guillermo Gaviria Correa 2002-04-21 Caicedo, Antioquia Governor of Antioquia 2003-05-05 Killed
Gilberto Echeverri Mejía Ex-Minister
Keith Donald Stansell 2003-02-13 Caquetá Department US American Contractor 2008-07-02 Rescued
Marc David Gonsalves
Thomas Randolph Howes
Emmanuel Rojas Born 2004-04-16 Born in captivity June 2005 (sent to Bogotá).
December 2007 (Found).
Found in foster care in Bogotá
William Giovanni Domínguez Castro 2007-01-20 Florencia, Caquetá Private 2009-02-01 Released
Guillermo Javier Solórzano Julio 2007-06-04 Florida, Valle del Cauca Captain 2011-02-16 Released
Alexis Torres Zapata 2007-06-09 El Paujil, Caquetá Police Officer 2009-02-01 Released
José Walter Lozano Guarnizo
Juan Fernando Galicio Uribe
Salin Antonio San Miguel Valderrama 2008-05-23 El Tambo, Tolima Corporal 2011-02-16 Released
Francisco Aldemar Franco Zamora 2009-03-22 Miraflores, Guaviare Sergeant May 2009 Killed
Josue Daniel Calvo Sanchez 2009-04-20 El Encanto, Meta Private 2010-03-28 Released
Luis Francisco Cuellar Carvajal 2009-12-21 Florencia, Caquetá Governor of Caqueta Department 2009-12-22 Killed
Henry Lopez Martinez 2010-05-23 Solano, Caquetá Private 2011-02-11 Released

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Speech by President Uribe; January 10th, 2008
Colombia Clamors
Las Voces del Secuestro
BBC News: Betancourt 'rescued in Colombia'