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Builders release promotional packs to heat up market

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:06 am

House builders in Ho Chi Minh City made debuts of many projects on new houses and apartments with a lot of promotional programs in an attempt to thaw the frozen market.

(Photo:Minh Tri)

The property firm Thuduc House (TDH) planned to kick off its sales of the TDH – Phuoc Binh apartment building in District 9 next year. The construction on foundation and basement of the 5-storey building was finished, the firm announced.

Thuduc House offers the first ten buyers a discount of VND15 million (US$750). Customers buying 3-8 apartments will be offered a 1-2.5 percent discount, while ones paying in advance 50-70 percent of the apartment’s value will enjoy a 2-3 percent discount.

Nha Pho Viet Nam JSC released a big promotional pack for its apartment building City Garden in Binh Thanh District, inviting visitors to attend a drawing contest to win a discount of up to VND200 million – 1.4 billion. Another property company Dat Xanh JSC starts the “Buying an apartment – Winning a car” program.

A construction firm Phuoc Thanh announced on December 15 to start selling the first phase of its property project named Hoang Kim The Gia in Binh Tan District with the price of VND900 million ($45,000) only. Buyers will also get an discount of VND30 million, the firm said.

Phuoc Thanh’s investment manager Danh Thanh Xuan said a large amount of buying orders forced his company to sell apartments before the building construction finish.

“Four main asset classes now are property, stock market, foreign currency and gold. However, foreign exchange rate is fluctuating, with the US dollar getting stronger day by day; while gold surged too high now,” said Nguyen Vu Bao Hoang, Thuduc House’s deputy general director.

“Stock market, meanwhile, shows some signs of recovering. I expected investors will soon return to real estate market with profits they gained from the stock exchange,” Hoang said.

The property firm Sacomreal’s chairman Dang Hong Anh has a similar predict with his counterpart, saying the property market will likely to boom in 2011.

“The market’s recovery will depend on the government’s economic policies. Some foreign economists said a financial bailout worth $600 billion released by the US’s Federal Reserve is partly flowing into Asian markets, including Vietnam. The US investors still consider Vietnam as an attractive destination,” Anh noticed.

“Many problems including inadequate infrastructure, high inflation and fluctuated foreign exchange rate have effected the real estate market. Property regulations were amended, but some of regulations remain conflicted with each other,” warned Le Chi Hieu, vice chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Property Association.

Source: SGGP

Preval agrees not to release Haiti vote count: OAS

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 10:26 am

Haitian President Rene Preval has agreed not to release final results of the impoverished country’s disputed elections until after consultations with members of the Organization of American States, an official told AFP.

The candidates in Haiti’s presidential election.

OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza “spoke with President Preval today and requested a delay of the announcement of the final results of the elections,” assistant secretary general Albert Ramdin told AFP on Friday.

After the call from the OAS, Preval “agreed that he would ask the (Provisional Electoral Council, CEP) not to announce any results for now, until the OAS can help with the clarification process,” Ramdin said.

The Haiti electoral commission has said it will review the results of the presidential elections released earlier this month after Preval’s handpicked candidate Jude Celestin defied predictions to win a place in a run-off vote.

“We will see if everybody agrees these terms of reference, then start the process of clarification and recount,” Ramdin said.

It was also important to not “only focus on the electoral aspect but also on creating momentum for political acceptance of the final outcome of the clarification process,” he added.

The CEP previously has set a December 20 deadline to announce final election results.

The electoral commission plans a recount of tally sheets in the presence of the three main candidates, although popular singer Michel Martelly — ousted in the first round — and Mirlande Manigat — a former first lady who topped the poll — have refused to take part.

Manigat meanwhile Friday said she welcomed a second round in the poll but not with three or more candidates, a possibility that was raised earlier this week by French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie.

Ramdin on Wednesday visited Haiti after Preval asked for the OAS to set up a mission to help in the recount, which he said could be ready by early next week.

However, Ramdin said the special mission was not prepared to travel to Haiti unless the final election results were delayed.

“There’s no sense in clarifying the election results if those results are made final,” he said.

Ramdin also said the special mission “can only be successful if it is given access to all the information and an independent report is guaranteed.”

The OAS official said that over the weekend Celestin, Manigat and Martelly would be consulted to see if an agreement can be reached on how the recount is to be carried out.

Once an agreement is reached, he added, the recount will begin.

Martelly, who lost the number 2 spot in the November 28 polls by a mere 7,000 votes, on Wednesday warned that his supporters could “take to the streets” to protest what he insists were flawed election results,

“I’m telling you, if they come back to us with bad solutions, the people are going to take to the streets,” he told AFP.

The singer called this week for a re-run of the entire vote, with all 18 candidates taking part in the do-over, and the victor claiming Haiti’s presidency.

UN peacekeepers in riot gear had to restore order in major cities last week after at least five people were killed in politically charged riots, but the streets of Port-au-Prince have been calm since Friday.

Haiti’s chaotic election was carried out amid widespread allegations of fraud and the disenfranchisement of thousands of quake survivors and slum dwellers, who either couldn’t get the necessary papers to vote or weren’t on the register.


Source: SGGP

N.Zealand mine rescuers release CCTV footage of blast

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:51 am

GREYMOUTH, New Zealand, Nov 23, 2010 (AFP) – New Zealand rescuers on Tuesday released CCTV footage of an underground blast which trapped 29 miners last week, showing a powerful and sustained explosion.

The security video, which was shown to the miners’ relatives and the media, showed white powder shooting out of the shaft’s entrance for some 52 seconds before subsiding, as the camera shook.

Family and friends of the 29 coal miners trapped underground after the November 19 explosion near the New Zealand town of Greymouth comfort one another as they leave a briefing from the management of Pike River Coal in Greymouth on November 23, 2010. AFP

Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Whittall said the video’s release was intended to show the dangers of sending a rescue team into the mine after Friday’s blast.

“It was a graphic representation of how dangerous it was to re-enter the mine,” Whittall said.

Relatives have grown increasingly frustrated with rescue efforts, which have been stalled by a cocktail of toxic gases, making it impossible to send a search team into the mine.

On Tuesday, a converted army bomb-disposal robot broke down just 500 metres (yards) into the facility, while an exploratory bore-hole into the mine was delayed when drillers hit hard rock.

“There’s a certain amount of anger right now,” Grey District mayor Tony Kokshoorn told AFP earlier. “We’ve had a kick in the guts, the robot went in the tunnel, it got water in it and short-circuited, it’s history.

“It’s terrible. We’re going into the fifth day and we’re hearing this type of thing,” he added.

Source: SGGP

Mullen says WikiLeaks release puts lives at risk

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

WASHINGTON, Oct 24, 2010 (AFP) – The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen has condemned a new release of Iraq war documents by the group WikiLeaks, saying it was putting lives at risk.

Iraqi soldiers from the Ministry of Defence sit along side blindfolded detainees in the back of a pick-up truck, as they drive along a road in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on October 24, 2010, a day after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange defended the unauthorised release of 400,000 classified US military documents on the war in Iraq. AFP

“Another irresponsible posting of stolen classified documents by WikiLeaks puts lives at risk and gives adversaries valuable information,” Mullen said in a one-sentence posting on the website Twitter late Saturday.

On Friday, WikiLeaks released 400,000 classified US military documents on the war in Iraq, saying they revealed the “truth” about the conflict.

The mass of documents from 2004 to 2009 offer a grim snapshot of the conflict, especially of the abuse of Iraqi civilians by Iraqi security forces.

Source: SGGP

WikiLeaks defends release of Iraq war documents

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 7:53 am

LONDON (AFP) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has defended the unauthorised release of 400,000 classified US military documents on the war in Iraq, saying they revealed the “truth” about the conflict.

The mass of documents from 2004 to 2009 offer a grim snapshot of the conflict, especially of the abuse of Iraqi civilians by Iraqi security forces.

A news ticker flashes a headline on the release of 400,000 secret US documents about the war in Iraq on the WikiLeaks website in New York’s Times Square. AFP

“This disclosure is about the truth,” Assange told a news conference in London after the whistleblowing website published the logs on the Internet.

“The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts, and continues long after a war ends,” he said, adding that WikiLeaks hoped “to correct some of that attack on the truth”.

He claimed they revealed around 15,000 more civilian deaths than were previously known about.

The heavily redacted logs appear to show that the US military turned a blind eye to evidence of torture and abuse of Iraqis by the Iraqi authorities.

Assange said the documents showed the war had been “a bloodbath on every corner”.

Washington and London warned that releasing the documents could endanger the lives of coalition troops and Iraqi civilians, although the rights ministry in Baghdad said the logs “did not contain any surprises”.

In an announcement which could further concern the United States, WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said the website would soon release a further 15,000 secret files on the war in Afghanistan which had been held back for line-by-line reviewing and redacting.

WikiLeaks enraged Washington by releasing 92,000 documents on the Afghan war in July, and drew criticism from rights groups who said the inclusion of Afghan informants’ names put lives at risk.

The files published Friday contain graphic accounts of torture, civilian killings and Iran’s hand in the Iraq war, documenting years of bloodshed and suffering following the 2003 US-led invasion to oust dictator Saddam Hussein.

In one document, US military personnel describe abuse by Iraqis at a Baghdad facility that was holding 95 detainees in a single room.

It says “many of them bear marks of abuse to include cigarette burns, bruising consistent with beatings and open sores… according to one of the detainees questioned on site, 12 detainees have died of disease in recent weeks.”

Other reports describe Iraqis beating prisoners and women being killed at US military checkpoints.

WikiLeaks made the files available several weeks ago to selected newspapers and television channels, including Al-Jazeera, Le Monde, The New York Times, Der Spiegel and The Guardian.

British newspaper The Guardian said the leaks showed “US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished.”

It said “US and UK officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.”

The Guardian said WikiLeaks is thought to have obtained the material from the “same dissident US army intelligence analyst” who is suspected of leaking the material on Afghanistan. WikiLeaks has not revealed its source.

US soldier Bradley Manning, 22, is in US custody facing charges he gave WikiLeaks classified video showing a July 2007 US Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad that killed several people.

He is also suspected of possible involvement in the leak of classified documents related to the war in Afghanistan.

On Iran’s role in the Iraq conflict, the latest files show Tehran waging a shadow war with US troops in Iraq and Tehran allegedly using militias to kill and kidnap US soldiers.

The documents describe Iran arming and training Iraqi hit squads to carry out attacks on coalition troops and Iraqi government officials, with the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps suspected of playing a crucial role, The New York Times and The Guardian reported.

Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers told the London news conference that some of the deaths documented in the reports could have involved British forces and could now be the subject of legal action in British courts.

“Some of these deaths will be in circumstances where the UK have a very clear legal responsibility,” he said.

The US-based Human Rights Watch called for Iraq to probe mistreatment by its own forces, and said the US should investigate if it committed wrongdoing by transferring prisoners to Iraqi hands.

A Pentagon spokesman said the documents were “essentially snapshots of events, both tragic and mundane, and do not tell the whole story.”

Britain’s Ministry of Defence also condemned the unauthorised release, saying it made the job of British and allied troops “more difficult and more dangerous”.

Source: SGGP

Pentagon bracing for new WikiLeaks release

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Pentagon scoured through an Iraq war database Monday to prepare for potential fallout from an expected release by WikiLeaks of some 400,000 secret military reports.

The massive release, possibly early this week, is set to dwarf the whistleblower website’s publication of 77,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan in July, including the names of Afghan informants and other details from raw intelligence reports. Another 15,000 are due out soon.

A US soldier walks a patrol during an operation in the deserts of restive Diyala Province in 2008. AFP file

In order to prepare for the anticipated release of sensitive intelligence on the US-led Iraq war, officials set up a 120-person taskforce several weeks ago to comb through the database and “determine what the possible impacts might be,” said Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman.

The Department of Defense is concerned the leak compiles “significant activities” from the war, which include incidents such as known attacks against coalition troops, Iraqi security forces, civilians or infrastructure in the country.

The data was culled from an Iraq-based database that contained “significant acts, unit-level reporting, tactical reports, things of that nature,” said Lapan, noting that Pentagon officials still do not know how many and which documents would be released.

He urged WikiLeaks to return the documents to the US military, which he said found no need to redact them in the interim.

“Our position is redactions don’t help, it’s returning the documents to their rightful owner,” Lapan said.

“We don’t believe WikiLeaks or others have the expertise needed. It’s not as simple as just taking out names. There are other things and documents that aren’t names that are also potentially damaging.”

For the Iraq leak, Wikileaks is believed to be teaming up with the same news outlets as it did for the Afghanistan document dump — The New York Times, Britain’s Guardian and Der Spiegel of Germany — and Newsweek magazine has reported that all partners would release the material simultaneously.

The July release caused uproar in the US government, with director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA director Michael Hayden warning it could undermine the post-9/11 effort to break down walls between rival intelligence agencies.

Difficulties in sharing intelligence information have been repeatedly identified as a problem plaguing spy and law enforcement services since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

In a speech this month, Clapper said President Barack Obama was full of “angst” over a “hemorrhage” of leaks of sensitive intelligence from government officials.

“I think it’s going to have a very chilling effect on the need to share,” he said.

WikiLeaks has not identified the source of the documents it has released so far but suspicion has fallen on Bradley Manning, a US Army intelligence analyst who is in military custody.

Manning was arrested in May following the release by WikiLeaks of video footage of a US Apache helicopter strike in Iraq in which civilians died, and he has been charged with delivering defense information to an unauthorized source.

Launched in 2006, WikiLeaks is facing internal troubles amid criticism its releases harm US national security and an ongoing investigation into its founder, Julian Assange, over an alleged sex crime in Sweden.

It also has some money problems.

Assange told The Guardian that British firm Moneybookers, an online payment company it uses to collect donations, closed his website’s account in August after the US and Australian governments blacklisted WikiLeaks in the days following the initial release of Afghan documents.

The website has been undergoing “scheduled maintenance” since September 29, but promises to “be back online as soon as possible.”

Source: SGGP

Pentagon says no to ‘sanitized’ WikiLeaks release

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 7:22 am

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Pentagon has contacted a lawyer purporting to represent WikiLeaks but said it would not negotiate a “sanitized” release of a huge cache of classified documents held by the whistleblower’s website, a recently released letter has shown.

The Pentagon released the letter from its general counsel after WikiLeaks said the US military was willing to discuss the removal of sensitive data from the 15,000 unreleased Afghan war documents in the website’s possession.

(AFP file) The headquarters of the Pentagon are seen in Washington, DC.

WikiLeaks has already released nearly 77,000 leaked US military documents about the war and is preparing to publish the remaining ones despite criticism that doing so could endanger lives of informants or others named in the documents.

Jeh Charles Johnson, the Defense Department general counsel, sent the letter dated August 16 to a post office box in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in the name of Timothy J Matusheski.

In the letter, Johnson says he understood WikiLeaks wanted a conversation with someone at the Pentagon about “harm minimization” in reference to the documents, but that he had been unable to reach Matusheski at an agreed upon time to convey the Pentagon’s position.

“Thus, the Department of Defense will not negotiate some ‘minimized’ or ‘sanitized’ version of a release by WikiLeaks of additional US government classified documents. The Department demands that nothing further be released by WikiLeaks,” the letter said.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the Pentagon had had no direct contact with either Matusheski or WikiLeaks, and had released Johnson’s letter in response to “misrepresentations” by the website.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, an Icelandic spokesman for WikiLeaks, earlier said the US military had a change of heart this week and told the website it was prepared to talk about helping to remove sensitive details from the files.

“I am aware that (the US military) has expressed the willingness to open a dialogue on that,” Hrafnsson told AFP. “It is obviously not the intention of WikiLeaks to put anybody in direct harm so these documents are being reviewed and this process is ongoing.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said the second batch of documents was set aside because they were “more likely to contain personal identifying information,” and therefore required line by line review.

The website says it has repeatedly asked the Pentagon for help analyzing the remaining documents, and Assange said at the weekend he wanted to avoid publishing the “names of innocent parties that are under reasonable threat,” but needed help.

Earlier this month, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates pronounced WikiLeaks “guilty” on moral grounds for releasing the documents and accused the website of recklessness.

General David Petraeus, the top US military commander in Afghanistan, blasted the release on Sunday as “reprehensible” and said they placed people working with the international forces at risk.

“As we have looked through it more and more, there are source names and in some cases there are actual names of individuals with whom we have partnered in difficult missions in difficult places,” he said in an interview Sunday.

The documents were raw data and not top secret, but their release was “beyond unfortunate” and a “betrayal of trust,” added Petraeus, who said he had no knowledge of what might be in the next batch.

Assange, an Australian former computer hacker, had pledged on Saturday to go ahead with the release of the 15,000 new documents, insisting WikiLeaks “will not be threatened by the Pentagon or any other group.”

The first installment included allegations that Pakistani spies met with the Taliban and that deaths of innocent civilians at the hands of international forces were covered up.

But the documents also included names of some Afghan informants, prompting claims that the leaks have endangered lives.

WikiLeaks has never identified the source of the Afghan files but suspicion has fallen on Bradley Manning, a US Army intelligence analyst under arrest for allegedly leaking video of a 2007 US helicopter strike in Baghdad in which civilians died.

Source: SGGP

WikiLeaks founder defends release of documents: report

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 7:17 am

LONDON, July 29, 2010 (AFP) – The founder of WikiLeaks on Thursday defended the whistleblower site’s decision to release tens of thousands of classified US military files, amid fears the move has put Afghan informants at risk.

The site at first claimed the documents were vetted to ensure names of informants were not released, but reports since suggest details of Afghans said to have provided intelligence to the US can be uncovered with ease.

The Pentagon has warned that the disclosure has put the lives of informants at risk and threatens to undermine intelligence work in war-torn Afghanistan.

(FILES) In this photograph taken on December 19, 2009, an Afghan villager looks on as a US soldier from the Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) Steel Warriors patrols in the mountains of Nuristan Province. AFP

But WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, told Britain’s Times newspaper in an interview that it was “extremely important” that the files were in the public domain.

And he risked further angering the United States, publicly accusing the White House of failing to respond to his requests for help before the release of the files to minimise the risk of informants being identified.

“No one has been harmed, but should anyone come to harm of course that would be a matter of deep regret — our goal is justice to innocents, not to harm to them,” said Assange.

“That said, if we were forced into a position of publishing all of the archives or none of the archives we would publish all of the archives because it’s extremely important to the history of the war.”

Any document that “clearly jeopardised innocent people” could be added to a bank of 15,000 documents already held back from publication, said Assange.

“If we made a mistake we will review our procedures and react,” he said. The more than 90,000 classified military files span a period from 2004 to 2009 as the US and NATO war effort in Afghanistan ran into a rising Taliban insurgency.

They contain a string of damaging claims, including allegations that Pakistani spies met directly with the Taliban and that the deaths of innocent civilians at the hands of international forces have been covered up.

Assange also lashed out at the US Thursday, saying he asked the White House last week for help to “minimise the chances of innocent informers being named” but received no response.

“We understand the importance of protecting our confidential sources. The United States appears to have given every UN soldier and contractor access to the names of many of its confidential sources without proper protection.”

The website founder said earlier this week that the documents were checked for named informants and that many had been held back from publication.

But The Times reported Wednesday that after just two hours of combing through the documents it was able to find the names of dozens of Afghans said to have provided detailed intelligence to US forces.

A Pentagon spokesman said the disclosure of documents could be put at risk the lives of anyone who is identified.

“Anyone whose name appears in those documents is potentially at risk,” said Colonel David Lapan.

“It could compromise their position, it could be a threat on their life, and it could have an impact on their future conduct,” he said, referring to fears the massive leak could dry up intelligence sources.

Source: SGGP

WikiLeaks document release endangers Afghan lives: Times

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

LONDON, July 28, 2010 (AFP) – The leak by the WikiLeaks website of 90,000 secret documents on the war in Afghanistan has put hundreds of Afghan lives at risk because the files identify informants working with NATO forces, the Times reported Wednesday.

The homepage of the WikiLeaks website is seen on a computer after leaked classified military documents were posted to it July 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. AFP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said earlier this week that all the documents released through his organization had been checked for named informants and that 15,000 such documents had been held back.

But The Times reported that after just two hours of combing through the documents it was able to find the names of dozens of Afghans said to have provided detailed intelligence to US forces.

Experts warned that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda would already be using the information to identify and target informers in the war zone.

The Times cited one 2008 document that included a detailed interview with a Taliban fighter considering defection.

The man, who names local Taliban commanders and talks about other potential defectors, is identified by name, along with his father’s name and village.

In another case from 2007, a senior official accuses named figures in the Afghan government of corruption.

“The leaks certainly have put in real risk and danger the lives and integrity of many Afghans,” a senior official at the Afghan foreign ministry, who declined to be named told The Times.

“The US is both morally and legally responsible for any harm that the leaks might cause to the individuals, particularly those who have been named. It will further limit the US/international access to the uncensored views of Afghans,” the Afghan official told the newspaper.

US officials have said they were working to see if the mass document release late Sunday could jeopardize operational security and US national security or the endanger lives of informants in Afghanistan.

Source: SGGP

Colombian rebels release hostage after 12 years

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 at 6:49 am

Leftist FARC rebels on Tuesday released one of their longest held captives, a soldier kidnapped 12 years ago, the Red Cross said after receiving the hostage in the Colombian jungle.

A delegate of the International Red Cross waves from a Brazilian military helicopter taking of from an airport in Florencia, Colombia, to pick up rebel hostage Pablo Moncayo, Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

It was a “successful operation,” a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross said after sergeant Pablo Emilio Moncayo was turned over by rebels at a jungle clearing and flown by helicopter to his awaiting family in Florencia.

“You don’t know how wonderful it is to see civilization once again,” Moncayo said after getting off the helicopter and hugging his father in this city 580 kilometers (360 miles) south of Bogota.

Moncayo, 32, was the second soldier the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia promised to release some time ago in negotiations with Senator Piedad Cordoba, who was also present at the release site.

Corporal Daniel Calvo, 22, was released on Sunday after almost one year in captivity.

Moncayo’s release was attributed in part to tireless campaigning by his father, a 58-year-old university professor who for years traveled across Colombia, his neck and arms in chains, to draw attention to his son’s plight.

Gustavo Moncayo, who became known as the “Peace Walker,” also took his cause to neighboring Venezuela and Ecuador, as well as France, Spain, Germany, and even the Vatican, where he met the pope in 2007.

Upon release the former hostage thanked God “and my father for his titanic, tireless job” in highlighting the plight of the hostages. Moncayo then turned to his father and removed the chains that he had been carrying for years.

President Alvaro Uribe celebrated the release.

“We welcome back sergeant Moncayo. We are so happy for his family. Colombia receives with open arms all those who return from captivity and strongly condemns their kidnappers,” Uribe told university students in Cucuta, on the border with Venezuela.

FARC recently ruled out any further hostage releases until the conservative Uribe administration reciprocates by releasing some of the 500 FARC rebels in federal prisons. Uribe has steadfastly refused to give in to a prisoner swap with the rebels.

FARC is believed to be holding 21 soldiers and police hostage, apart from scores of civilian hostages.

Moncayo was kidnapped on December 21, 1997, when he was a 19-year-old army corporal. He was promoted to sergeant while in captivity.

He was one of the longest held FARC hostages, along with fellow soldier Libio Jose Martinez, who was kidnapped on the same day, one year after he fathered his first child.


Source: SGGP