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Inmates Free Hostage As Jail Crisis Continues

Inmates released a prison secretary as a good faith gesture Monday to negotiators trying to end a standoff involving 12 other hostages.

The prisoners released Hilda Rivero late Monday evening, said Thierry Grobet, director of the International Red Cross in Valledupar. “She is in good condition and with her family,” he told The Associated Press.

Inmates also released a list of demands including freedom for the leaders of the prison takeover, improved conditions, and the withdrawal of police from the jail.

Talks to end the crisis have been slow, as negotiators waited for inmates in the Valledupar jail to respond to a government offer to discuss improving prison conditions if they free their captives.

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