Luis Manuel Díaz, father of Colombian footballer Luis Díaz, was released today, after two weeks of kidnapping, thanks to humanitarian work. The local media reported it. Díaz was kidnapped 14 days ago by the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group in the department of La Guajira, in the north of the country. “Long live freedom”, wrote the Colombian president, Gustavo Petro, commenting on the news of the liberation on X. “We record with joy the release of Luis Manuel Díaz, who was able to return safely to his family and his community. We hope that he will soon regain his serenity, troubled by an event that should never have happened”, he said instead the government delegation that deals with peace talks with the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army.
The stages of release
Rumors about the man’s release process had already circulated in recent hours, with UN and police sources consulted by Rcn Radio’s La FM who had indicated an imminent transfer to Valledupar, capital of the Cesar department, a prelude to his delivery to a representative of the Catholic Church. From there Díaz’s father would be transferred to Barrancas, department of La Guajira, to reunite with his wife, Cilenis Marulanda, and his brother, Gabriel Díaz.