Dutch journalists abducted while working in Colombia

Dutch journalists abducted while working in Colombia

The journalists were taken in a region of the country where guerrilla groups are active (stock photo)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Two Dutch journalists have been abducted as they conducted their work in Colombia. 

Derk Johannes Bolt and Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender were taken in a region of the country where guerrilla groups are active.

A representative from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the kidnapping, and said the presenter and cameraman had been working for a TV programme called Spoorloos, which helps Dutch people find their relatives around the world.

The spokesman said the case had received the highest importance, and would not comment on it further. 

The Public Defence, which is the institution of the local government which protects citizens' rights, called on Twitter for the immediate release of the journalists.