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Colombia: FARC hands over remains of Police Major Guevara

01-04-2010 News Release 10/52

Villavicencio (ICRC) – On the afternoon of 1 April, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) handed over the remains of Police Major Julián Ernesto Guevara to delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Colombian senator Piedad Córdoba and Bishop Leonardo Gómez Serna, in a rural area of Guaviare.

Guevara died in captivity in 2006, aged 41. His remains were transferred to the city of Villavicencio, where his family received them in the presence of Christophe Beney, head of the ICRC delegation in Colombia.

"This is a very painful moment, but also an extremely important one for the family, especially for the late police major’s mother, Emperatriz de Guevara," Mr Beney said. "To be able to give a loved one a decent burial is a great help and a comfort," he added. "This brings closure and allows the bereaved to accept the loss of the loved one."

This week's three humanitarian operations, which also included the release of Private Josué Daniel Calvo and of Sergeant Pablo Emilio Moncayo, were made possible thanks to the support of the government of Brazil, the government of Colombia and the country's police and armed forces, Colombians for Peace, the Church and the FARC. 

 

For further information, please contact:
  Adolfo Beteta, ICRC Villavicencio (in Spanish), tel: +57 311 491 07 97
  Nicole Engelbrecht, ICRC Geneva (in French and English), tel: +41 79 217 32 17 or +41 22 730 22 71