WASHINGTON — Colombia’s notorious FARC guerrillas released a former U.S. marine who was captured while hiking through FARC territory this past June.
Reuters reported that the former Marine, Kevin Scott Sutay, was released to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a delegation of Norwegian, Cuban and Colombian officials this past weekend.
Scott had backpacked through several Latin American countries until reaching Colombia, and summarily ignored warnings to avoid “red zone” areas of FARC activity in the southeastern province of Guaviare. He served in Afghanistan in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was deemed fit to fly home and in good health, according to the ICRC.
FARC is negotiating a peace deal with the Colombian government, which has bogged down in recent weeks. FARC is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government and has fought a 50-year-old war against the Colombian government.