Colombia's attorney general removed and disqualified Sen. Piedad Cordoba from the Congress for 18 years for having "promoted and collaborated" with the FARC guerrillas, the attorney general's office said in a statement.
Police officers and soldiers held captive by the leftist guerrilla group known as FARC pleaded to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to negotiate their release in a series of nine proof-of-life videos released Monday.
The Colombian Marxist guerrilla group FARC announced Thursday it is releasing a soldier it has held hostage for more than 10 years, a Colombian senator who has brokered previous releases said on her Web page.
The Colombian government has seized five videotapes from suspected members of a rebel group that show a number of hostages, including Colombian Sen. Ingrid Betancourt and three American contractors, a government statement said Thursday.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will meet with his Colombian counterpart this month in an offer to help mediate a prisoner-hostage exchange with Colombia's largest rebel group, a Colombian senator said Friday.