Dutch rebel not found among rebel dead: source

30th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Forensic experts do not think an unidentified woman killed in a bunker last week alongside the military leader of Colombia's biggest guerrilla force was not Dutch rebel Tanja Nijmeijer, a source said.

The source, with the Institute of Legal Medicine, said Nijmeijer's dental records did not match those of the unidentified dead woman.

"The dental comparison was negative," the source, who asked not to be identified, told AFP late Wednesday.

The unidentified body was one of seven found in a bunker where the military leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as Jorge Briceno or Mono Jojoy, was killed in an air and ground assault on September 22.

The bodies were brought back to Bogota, and a spokesman for the Dutch embassy said Monday that the Institute of Legal Medicine had approached it for information to determine whether Neijmeijer was among the dead.

Media reports from May 2010 indicated that Nijmeijer, who joined the FARC several years ago after working as a teacher in Colombia, was believed to be working as Briceno's personal assistant.

She first drew international attention when parts of her diaries were discovered and published after a 2007 raid.

In the entries, she wondered how her life would be different if she had not joined the Marxist movement.

"Would I have been happy as a civilian in the Netherlands?" the New York Times quoted her as saying in the diaries. "Engaged, married with children?"

But later in the same entry, she seemed proud of her chosen path.

"I've seen it all. Here I move like a fish in water, the jungle is my home. The FARC is my life, my family," she said.

© 2010 AFP

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