Ingrid Betancourt Not Asking For $7 Million…Yet – She’s a former Colombian presidential candidate, her name is Íngrid Betancourt and she spent several years of her life being tied down as a hostage by dangerous rebels. Now, she wants to be rewarded for the time she spent as a prisoner and she’s asking for about $7 million dollars from the Colombian government. Quite a hefty sum of money but is it justified for the troubles she’s faced in life?
Several documents were submitted to the Colombian government just last month. Each of them highlight the harsh physical and emotional abuse that she had to face. Betancourt and her other family members say that the Colombian government didn’t even try to protect her. Rather, they left her there struggling to survive.
“If you ask me, it seems in very bad taste, very badly done.
One does not do this. She has no case.” These words came from the Colombian Vice president Francisco Santos.
Betancourt and her other family members have also failed to speak out about her requests. She’d been held hostage by the Marxist guerrillas since back in 2002. She was just one of 15 people who were freed in a top secret military helicopter rescue in July of 2008. Colombian soldiers were able to pose as humanitarian aid workers and gain access to free the group. The entire operation was conducted by 3 military members, 11 Colombian police and several other military figures.
Update : Ingrid Betancourt’s lawyer Gabriel Devis just explained that the matter could still be resolved out of court.