jueves, 28 de junio de 2012

Venezuelan lawmakers die in apparent crash

Two Venezuelan legislators were found dead in a crashed car in northern Venezuela on 26 June, two days after they were reported missing, EFE reported on 27 June. Authorities were investigating the incident but the two may have died late on 24 June when their car veered off a country road into a ravine near La Victoria, in the state of Aragua. They were Orlando Espinoza and substitute member Lisbeth Parra of Democratic Action (Acción Democrática, AD), a party opposed to the socialist government of President Hugo Chávez. They were returning from a television programme in Caracas, wherein they had spoken critically of the electricity grid. Interior Minister Tareq El Aissami dismissed suggestions of any foul play made on Internet social networks.

Colombian police detain kidnapper

Colombian troops arrested at an unspecified location on 27 June a female member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) suspected of taking part in kidnapping a French journalist in April, Europa Press reported on 28 June, citing reports by Colombia's Caracol Radio. The detained was identified by her pseudonyms "Nuri" or "La Peluda" and belonged to Block 15 of the FARC, which claimed to have kidnapped reporter Roméo Langlois in the southern Caquetá department on 28 April. He was freed a month later.