Ordoñez said that he was happy that the hostages were being released but urged the guerrilla group to free all the remaining prisoners.
“I’m very happy, not only because of the justice brought to Senator Piedad Cordoba, but also for the release of five hostages. You can not trade or deal in human life,” the official said.
The FARC released a statement saying that “as a humanitarian gesture and in honor of the senator of peace [Cordoba],” they would release five prisoners, on condition that the government allow Cordoba to receive the hostages.
Cordoba told Caracol Radio that the process could take more than a month and that it is unlikely that the three members of the security forces and the two politicians will be free this year.
The inspector general dismissed Cordoba and barred her from holding public office for 18 years because she “collaborated with and promoted illegal armed groups,” specifically the FARC.