Dutch Farc rebel Tanja Nijmeijer arrives in Cuba

Tanja Nijmeijer, the Dutch woman who joined the Colombian guerrilla group Farc 10 years ago, arrived in Cuba on Monday evening to take part in peace talks.

The guerrilla group placed a short film of Nijmeijer’s arrival in Havana by Red Cross plane on YouTube as well as a video featuring her and several other FARC rebels singing in the jungle.
Arrest warrants for Nijmeijer were suspended temporarily last month to allow her to attend the talks between Farc and the Colombian government.
There are two warrants out for Nijmeijer: one from the Colombian government and an extradition request from the US. The second warrant relates to Nijmeijer’s involvement in the abduction of three Americans.
Nijmeijer, who graduated in Spanish from Groningen University in 2002, hit the headlines in 2007 when her diaries were found after government troops attacked a rebel camp. In the diaries, she was very critical of her life with the Farc movement.
In 2010, she was thought to have been killed in a government raid, but that later turned out not to be the case.
In 2011, she gave a television interview explaining her full commitment to the cause, which was broadcast by the Nos.

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