Colombia's president says he won't allow media show for rebel release of ex-US Marine

  • Updated: July 23, 2013 - 6:25 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia's president says he refuses to let the country's main rebel group make a media event of the release of a 26-year-old former U.S. Marine.

President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday that he will not allow former Sen. Piedad Cordoba, a longtime go-between favored by the insurgents, or any other public figure participate in the release.

Santos says he will only allow the International Red Cross to broker the release — and only in a discreet manner.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced Friday that it seized Kevin Scott Sutay on June 20 in the country's restive southeast. It offered to free him as a good-faith gesture.

Authorities have said that Sutay ignored the advice of local police not to travel in a combat zone.

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