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Kevin Scott Sutay's Release By FARC Rebels Will Not Be Media Show, Colombian Leader Says

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivers a speech during the promotion ceremony of national police's generals at the General Santander police school in Bogota on June 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Guillermo LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's president says he refuses to let the country's main rebel group make a media event of the release of a 26-year-old former U.S. Marine.

President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday that he will not allow former Sen. Piedad Cordoba, a longtime go-between favored by the insurgents, or any other public figure participate in the release.

Santos says he will only allow the International Red Cross to broker the release – and only in a discreet manner.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced Friday that it seized Kevin Scott Sutay on June 20 in the country's restive southeast. It offered to free him as a good-faith gesture.

Authorities have said that Sutay ignored the advice of local police not to travel in a combat zone.

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