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Ingrid Betancourt

Ingrid Betancourt Pulecio (born 25 December 1961) is a French-Colombian politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist.

Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on 23 February 2002 and was rescued by Colombian security forces six and a half years later on 2 July 2008. The rescue operation, dubbed Operation Jaque, rescued Betancourt along with 14 other hostages (three Americans and 11 Colombian policemen and soldiers). In all, she was held captive for 2,321 days after being taken while campaigning for the Colombian presidency as a Green. She had decided to campaign in rebel controlled areas despite warnings from the government, police and military not to do so. Her kidnapping received worldwide coverage, particularly in France, because of her dual French citizenship.

In the mid 1990s, Betancourt and Delloye divorced, and she married Colombian advertising executive, Juan Carlos Lecompte in 1997. After her 2008 rescue, Lecompte said their marriage may be over.

Related websites

Betancourt's husband admits icy reunion - CNN.com

"Betancourt's children rejoice as she is freed"

Chavez dice desconocer detalles sobre posible liberacion de Betancourt

Former Hostage Calls Ingrid Betancourt 'Disgusting'

Betancourt vilified by fellow hostages

"Colombia Plucks Hostages from Rebels' Grasp"

Rosary plays important role in hostage rescue in Colombia

Betancourt to visit Lourdes shrine

Former Colombian hostage makes pilgrimage to Lourdes sanctuaries


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