[Pnews] Pardoned FARC Guerrillas Finally Freed From Jail - Four will also continue onto Havana

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  Pardoned FARC Guerrillas Finally Freed From Jail

21 January 2016

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January 21, 2016

Four of the newly released guerrillas will also continue onto Havana, 
Cuba to add their two cents to the ongoing peace talks.

The Colombian government released 17 members of the FARC guerrillas 
Wednesday night, almost two months after the rebels were granted a 
presidential pardon 

The insurgents are the first group to be released among the 30 
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, members who were 
pardoned by President Juan Manuel Santos in November.

Among this first group of rebels include 10 men from La Picota prison 
and 7 women from the El Buen Pastor prison, both of which are located in 
the capital Bogota. The guerrillas were all incarcerated on charges such 
as rebellion, illegal possession of weapons or private use of official 
army uniforms.

Four of newly released insurgents will continue onto to Havana, Cuba in 
the next days to participate in the ongoing peace talks between the FARC 
and the government. The two sides have just entered the final stretch of 
their negotiations and have set a March 23 deadline to sign a final 
peace deal – what many hope will bring the country one step closer to 
ending over 50 years of civil war.

President Santos said pardoning the 30 rebels was a “goodwill gesture,” 
to show the government's dedication to the peace negotiations. They were 
released on condition that they do not return to guerrilla ranks.

The FARC has criticized the government for the delayed release of the 
pardoned insurgents, and demand that the rest oftheir members be 
particularly those suffering from serious health issues.

According to the FARC, there are some 1,200 insurgents currently serving 
time in prisons across the country.

The Minister of Justice Yesid Reyes assured that the rest of the 
pardoned detainees will be released by the end of the month.

*IN DEPTH: Colombia Peace Process Explained 

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