BOGOTA, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) released on Sunday the ex-U.S. marine Kevin Scott Sutay, kidnapped in June when he was traveling to Brazil through the Amazon rainforest.
The ICRC head of mission to Colombia, Jordi Raich, confirmed that Sutay was delivered in a jungle area of the Colombia's southern Guaviare department, where he was received by the humanitarian organization and representatives of the Cuban and Norwegian governments.
"The U.S. citizen was taken to San Jose del Guaviare township and from there to Bogota. We made a very quick medical checkup after the release to verify if he was able to travel, and he was indeed," Raich told local media.
The ex-marine was delivered by the ICRC to a U.S. government delegation in Bogota.
Meanwhile, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos had recently said that the ICRC was the one and only authorized institution to facilitate the release operation of the U.S. citizen.
According to U.S. authorities, Kevin Scott Sutay, 26, is a former marine and he was trying to go to San Jose del Guaviare township (south), when he was kidnapped on June 20.
The government of President Santos is currently negotiating a peace process with the FARC, seeking to end the internal armed conflicts of over 50 years.