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• Remember Our Last Interview? Correspondent Sibylla Brodzinsky got much of her information about Ingrid Betancourt's plans for a presidential run in Colombia from a former fellow hostage, former Sen. Luís Eladio Pérez (see story).Skip to next paragraph
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It wasn't her first interview with him. She'd spoken to him in March, shortly after he'd been released by the FARC, the Colombian rebel group. Even then, Mr. Pérez was talking about Ms. Betancourt's political plans.
"At the time, he was talking about Ingrid, about her big political project. 'You wait and see,' he said. I laughed. First, at the idea that she'd be released anytime soon, and second at the idea that she could come back with any sort of political force," says Sibylla.
When Sibylla called him Tuesday, he remembered her scorn. "He laughed at me," she says. "He's a firm believer in Ingrid.
"Sibylla says that Perez hopes to be a part of any presidential run, possibly as her running mate. But he has just fled the country.
Two of the FARC rebels arrested in the July 2 rescue mission were officially charged with being his kidnappers. Pérez gave a deposition in the case and has since received death threats.
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