10 Feb 2011

Colombian rebels release politician

9:47 pm on 10 February 2011

A Colombian hostage released by the FARC rebel group after 19 months in captivity has been reunited with his family.

Local politician Marcos Baquero was handed over at a secret jungle location in eastern Colombia and flown out on a Brazilian military helicopter.

Mr Baquero is one of five hostages the rebels have promised to free this week as a gesture of peace to the Colombian government, the BBC reports.