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In pictures: Colombia hostage release

Four hostages leave a helicopter at Santo Domingo airport following their release, 27 February 2008

Four hostages held by Colombia's left-wing Farc rebels have been released after more than six years in a deal brokered by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

A group including Colombia's High Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo and Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba at San Jose del Guaviare in southern Colombia, 27 February 2008

A delegation including Colombian High Commissioner Luis Carlos Restrepo and Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba took off to meet them at an undisclosed point in the Colombian jungle.

Venezuelan TV image of Luis Eladio Perez

The release of Luis Eduardo Perez together with Gloria Polanco, Jorge Gechem and Orlando Beltran was major news in Venezuela as well as Colombia.

Images shown on Venezuelan TV showed Gloria Polanco receiving a bunch of flowers from one of her former captors.

Hostage Gloria Polanco was given flowers by a rebel as she left the jungle after several years in captivity.

An image form Venezuelan network Telesur shows Farc rebels returning to the Colombia jungle upon the release of four hostages, 27 February 20008

After the handover these Farc rebels were pictured returning to the bush.

Gloria Polanco embraces one of her sons at Caracas airport

After the hostages were flown to Caracas, Gloria Polanco was reunited with her sons.

Jorge Gechem with his wife Claudia del Carmen

Jorge Gechem had suffered from heart, back and ulcer problems while in captivity.

Orlando Beltran Cuellar in Caracas

Orlando Beltran Cuellar went to the presidential palace with the other hostages to meet Hugo Chavez.

President Hugo Chavez with the freed hostages and his daughter (centre)

It was the second set of releases brokered by Mr Chavez who promised to continue working for all to be freed.





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