Luis Diaz's Father Released: Triumph Over Captivity
Luis Manuel Diaz, father of Liverpool footballer Luis Diaz, has been liberated after enduring 12 days in captivity by the National Liberation Army (ELN).
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Luis Manuel Diaz, the father of Colombian footballer Luis Diaz, who plays for the English Premier League club Liverpool, has been released after spending 12 days in captivity by the armed rebel group known as the National Liberation Army (ELN).
The ELN handed Diaz over to a humanitarian delegation, which included representatives from the Ombudsman Office, the UN, the Catholic Church, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. They played a crucial role in securing his release.
A helicopter departed early Thursday from Valledupar to receive Diaz. He was picked up in the department of La Guajira in northeast Colombia, where he had been kidnapped on October 28, along with his wife, who was released days later.
The Episcopal Conference of Colombia confirmed that Diaz was safe and in the company of two Catholic Church delegates. They were responsible for overseeing his well-being during the release process.
It was revealed that the ELN's higher-ups acknowledged that the kidnapping had been a mistake, ultimately leading to his release.
Diaz's liberation had been delayed due to the presence of the military in the area. As a result, the government ordered the withdrawal of 300 troops on November 6 to facilitate his release.
President Gustavo Petro expressed his joy and relief, stating, "Long live freedom and peace," in response to Diaz's release.
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