Photos posted on the Colombian Football Federation account on X, formerly known as Twitter, captured the striker and his father, Luis Manuel Díaz Jiménez, hugging each other.
With the message “Welcome home Luchooo,” the Federation announced the elder Díaz’s arrival in Barranquilla, where the Colombian national team will play against Brazil on Thursday.
Armed men on motorcycles kidnapped Díaz’s parents from a gas station in the small town of Barrancas on October. with Venezuela.
After the kidnapping, special forces were deployed to search for Díaz’s father in a mountain range across from Colombia and Venezuela. Police also offered a $48,000 reward for leading information.
It was not clear at first who carried out the kidnapping. The Colombian government later announced that it had information that a unit of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, was responsible. in the kidnapping,
The group later admitted the kidnapping, saying it was a mistake and that its top leadership ordered the father’s release.
Diaz’s parents were raised amid peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the guerrilla group.
Authorities arrested four suspects over the weekend.
The Colombian Ombudsman’s Office estimates that armed groups carried out 160 kidnappings and 121 kidnappings between January 2022 and September 2023.
After Díaz’s father was releasedthe government’s peace talks delegation demanded in a statement that the ELN immediately release anyone still “in captivity” and stop its kidnapping practice.
“It is ethically unsustainable to claim that trade in people is legal, even under conditions of armed conflict,” the statement said.
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