A Colombian soldier captured as a teenager by the country’s left-wing FARC rebels has been released after more than 12 years as a hostage.
Sergeant Pablo Moncayo was 19 when he was captured. He was a corporal at the time but was promoted while in captivity.
The Red Cross coordinated the handover that took place at a remote jungle location in the south of the country.
Sergeant Moncayo’s plight has received international media attention largely due to his father’s lobbying efforts in which he would wear chains to symbolise his son’s captivity.
But the rebels say no more hostages will be released until Colombian president Alvaro Uribe agrees to negotiate a prisoner exchange.
Mr Uribe has a hardline policy against the rebels, but says an exchange is possible if freed guerillas do not rejoin the FARC.