Herald Tribune | 11/19/2009 12:00:00 AM
Former hostages of Colombian paramilitary group suing former captors
Nov 19--Keith Stansell and two other men who were held hostage in Colombia for more than five years are suing FARC, the Colombian paramilitary group that held them.
Also joining in the lawsuit are the widow and children of pilot Thomas Janis, who was executed, as was a Colombian soldier who was on the flight.
Stansell, who served in the Marines, was the commander of the counter-narcotics mission. He declined to comment Wednesday.
Stansell and his two colleagues from Northrop Grumman Corp. had been the longest-held U.S. hostages in the world. Officials said military spies tricked rebels into giving up 15 hostages -- the Americans, French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and 11 Colombians -- without firing a shot.
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