Colombia is the world’s kidnapping capital. Right now, more than 3,000 remain in captivity, most of them by FARC guerrillas. The so-called “humanitarian swap”, which is being pushed by senator Piedad Córdoba (Colombian Liberal Party) with Hugo Chávez, would only free around 50 people, including former presidential candidate and French citizen Íngrid Betancourt and three American hostages.
Meanwhile, kidnapping, while rejected for most Colombians as a huge demonstration in July (after the murder of 11 local lawmakers) shows, has reached another “creative” possibilities. On Friday, Colombian police found Aldo de Fescol, a dog who was kidnapped one month earlier, owned by an old, rich lady whose name was not disclosed. According to Reuters:
A kidnapped Colombian dog held for $350,000 (170,600 pound) ransom was recovered on Friday after his abductors dropped him off at a veterinarian’s office, saying he needed a bath.
When no one came to pick up the German shepherd after it was washed, the office called police who said they identified the canine as Aldo de Fescol, snatched last month from his home in a rich Bogota neighbourhood while his owners were away.
No ransom was paid, police said.
Aldo was in healthy condition but two of his kidnappers were wounded in a Tuesday shootout with police who ambushed them at a fake meeting staged to pay the extortion money.