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June 6, 1999 | Associated Press
Leftist rebels on Saturday released five Roman Catholic worshipers but continued to hold dozens of people who were kidnapped during Mass a week ago, officials said. Two men, two women and a child walked free down the mountains just outside the western city of Cali, where they had been held since May 30. The freed hostages were accompanied by local officials, the Red Cross and staff from the federal human rights ombudsman.
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September 23, 2001 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Houston mother accused of methodically drowning her five children in the family bathtub has been found mentally competent to stand trial on capital murder charges. A jury in Houston deliberated more than eight hours before concluding on Saturday that Andrea Yates--the former nurse who said she heard Satan's voice speaking to her in her jail cell--understands the charges against her and is able to assist her attorneys. Yates, 37, faces one count of capital murder for the deaths of her two oldest children on June 20. A grand jury indicted her on a second charge of capital murder for the death of a child under 6--her infant daughter, Mary.
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January 13, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Scores of hostages left a jail in southwest Colombia, 24 hours after they were seized by convicts demanding sweeping improvements in prison conditions, police said. At least 120 women and children who had been visiting inmates when the protest flared were released from the San Isidro prison in the city of Popayan, police said. The 1,100 inmates took control of the main compound at San Isidro on Sunday, taking 585 visitors hostage.
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January 31, 2001 | RUTH MORRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The hijacking of an airliner in Colombia's guerrilla haven ended peacefully Tuesday after a member of the plane's cockpit crew helped overpower a gunman who had held 30 hostages. Gen. Hector Fabio Velasco, head of Colombia's air force, refused to name the hijacking suspect but described him as a young rebel deserter seeking passage to Europe. "He was accessible," the general told reporters at an impromptu news conference after all 26 passengers and four crew members were released.
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June 9, 1988
About 100 people, including 10 children, seized the headquarters of the Latin American Conference of Bishops in Bogota to protest violence in Colombia. A group spokesman said several people, including a priest and a nun, would be held hostage until the demonstrators got to talk with a government representative. The group, calling itself "Christians for Peace," denounced human rights violations and demanded church participation in the search for solutions to a nationwide wave of violence.
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July 21, 1988
Former Colombian presidential candidate Alvaro Gomez Hurtado, kidnaped by leftist guerrillas, was freed after 53 days in captivity, Radio Caracol reported. It said he appeared to be unharmed. Gomez Hurtado, 69, a former ambassador to the United States, was kidnaped May 29 by four men armed with submachine guns. The leftist guerrilla group M-19 claimed responsibility.
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September 23, 2001 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Houston mother accused of methodically drowning her five children in the family bathtub has been found mentally competent to stand trial on capital murder charges. A jury in Houston deliberated more than eight hours before concluding on Saturday that Andrea Yates--the former nurse who said she heard Satan's voice speaking to her in her jail cell--understands the charges against her and is able to assist her attorneys. Yates, 37, faces one count of capital murder for the deaths of her two oldest children on June 20. A grand jury indicted her on a second charge of capital murder for the death of a child under 6--her infant daughter, Mary.
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May 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Leftist rebels who hijacked a Colombian airliner April 12, abducting the 41 passengers and crew, have released seven more hostages, delivering with them an indictment of what they called the country's corrupt political system. Twenty-five hostages, including an American, remain in rebel hands in the remote northern region where they have been held. The rebel group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN, handed over the captives.
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October 5, 1999 | RUTH MORRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A small rebel army thought until recently to have faded into obscurity kidnapped and then released a dozen residents of the northern Colombian town of Ocana on Monday, a police commander said, in an incident that suggested yet another threat to this country's troubled peace process. The abductions set off two confrontations with soldiers, who conducted a successful rescue attempt, and brought the Popular Liberation Army, known as the EPL, more notoriety than it has enjoyed in nearly a decade.
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August 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Eight people taken hostage when their domestic Venezuelan flight was hijacked to Colombia last month were freed and returned to Venezuela. A Venezuelan army helicopter touched down at a military base in the border town of Guasdualito, and Venezuelan national television showed the former hostages climbing out and waving to relatives. Interior Minister Ignacio Arcaya, who accompanied the hostages, said all were "in perfect health."
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August 1, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Roman Catholic archbishop of Cali, Colombia, has excommunicated the members of a Marxist guerrilla group responsible for the abduction of 143 churchgoers. The National Liberation Army, or ELN, ignored a June 30 deadline set by the church to free the remaining 36 hostages seized at gunpoint while attending Mass on May 30 in a suburb of Cali.
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June 19, 1999 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As eight victims of a rebel airline hijacking were freed Friday, delays in releasing remaining hostages from two mass abductions by guerrillas are placing added strains on Colombia's fragile peace process. Rebels had been expected to set free this week most of the nearly 100 hostages left from the audacious hijacking of a domestic Avianca airline flight in April and a raid last month on a church in a wealthy neighborhood in the city of Cali.
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June 16, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Seventeen days after kidnapping them during Mass, leftist rebels ceremoniously released 33 hostages in front of television cameras on Tuesday night, but kept at least 20 others captive. The freed churchgoers were delivered to a 12-member commission of Colombian and international politicians including Venezuela's ambassador and German lawmaker Bernd Schmidbauer.
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June 6, 1999 | Associated Press
Leftist rebels on Saturday released five Roman Catholic worshipers but continued to hold dozens of people who were kidnapped during Mass a week ago, officials said. Two men, two women and a child walked free down the mountains just outside the western city of Cali, where they had been held since May 30. The freed hostages were accompanied by local officials, the Red Cross and staff from the federal human rights ombudsman.
NEWS
May 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Leftist rebels who hijacked a Colombian airliner April 12, abducting the 41 passengers and crew, have released seven more hostages, delivering with them an indictment of what they called the country's corrupt political system. Twenty-five hostages, including an American, remain in rebel hands in the remote northern region where they have been held. The rebel group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN, handed over the captives.
NEWS
January 13, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Scores of hostages left a jail in southwest Colombia, 24 hours after they were seized by convicts demanding sweeping improvements in prison conditions, police said. At least 120 women and children who had been visiting inmates when the protest flared were released from the San Isidro prison in the city of Popayan, police said. The 1,100 inmates took control of the main compound at San Isidro on Sunday, taking 585 visitors hostage.
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