DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     June 22, 1999     vol. 10, no. 120

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COLOMBIA REBELS ADMIT TO SEEKING RANSOM FOR CHURCH HOSTAGES

          BOGOTA (CWNews.com) - A senior leader of a Colombian rebel group admitted on Friday to seeking ransom for some hostages taken in raids on a Catholic church last month and an airliner in April, prompting Colombia's president to break off negotiations.

          Antonio Garcia, deputy commander of the National Liberation Army (ELN), confirmed prior reports that his group is demanding money from the families of some of the 62 remaining hostages. The group had already released dozens of other hostages. "The government charges taxes and fees. .. We also have the right to do so," he said.

          President Andres Pastrana cut off dialogue with the ELN, who have released hostages in small dribs and drabs since the church raid in Cali on May 30. "I reject most vehemently and categorically the extortive and careless attitude assumed by this armed group," Pastrana said in a nationally televised speech.


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June 22, 1999       volume 10, no. 120
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