Colombia’s second largest guerrilla group, the ELN, says a Russian-Armenian wildlife trafficker whom they had been holding for ransom has escaped.
The group said it had found Voskanya Arcen Levoni six months ago in the jungle region of Choco province collecting poisonous frogs.
The ELN stated it had begun negotiations for his release with the Russian Embassy.
But, it said, Mr Arcen Levoni had overcome his guards and escaped.
The ELN said the escape happened when the unit holding him had been transferring him.
During the struggle he had wounded five ELN fighters and then fled into the jungle, himself badly hurt.
But wait, didn’t the ELN promise to stop kidnapping people?
The group had sworn to suspend their kidnapping operations as a precondition of peace talks with the government which began in February.
However, Levoni was kidnapped six months ago, and
It is unknown how many Colombians and foreigners are currently held captive by the 1,500-men guerrilla army that has so far refused to give up kidnapping as a means to finance their organization.
So which report do you believe?