The Farc handed over Romeo Langlois on their movement’s 48th anniversary on a specially built stage, hanging pro-peace banners and organising a barbecue.
The rebels and the roughly 2,000 people they convened for the handover to a humanitarian commission co-ordinated by the International Red Cross applauded vigorously when Langlois said he appreciated how the guerrillas “live in the mud and risk their lives”.
“They never tied me up,” said Langlois, 35. “Rather, they always treated me as a guest. They gave me good food … They were always respectful.”