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Colombia arrests FARC rebel accused of helping kidnap 3 Americans

(L-R )US contractors Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves and Thomas Howes inside an aircraft in Colombia after being rescued by Colombia's Army from the FARC, on July 2, 2008Colombian police captured a suspected FARC rebel accused of participating in the kidnapping of three Americans held hostage from 2003 to 2008, authorities said Saturday. Duverney Ospina, also known as “Giovanny,” allegedly joined the FARC a decade ago and was the confidante of Hernan Velasquez, or “El Paisa,” a leader within the leftist rebel group, a police statement said. Police said there were 19 warrants and six standing convictions against Ospina for aggravated murder, kidnapping, torture, terrorism, rebellion, drug trafficking, making military weapons for private use and a jailbreak. Authorities accuse him of helping kidnap three US contractors — Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves and Tom Howes — on February 13, 2003, after their plane was shot down.

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