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Colombia Denies Venezuela's Allegation on Rebel Capture


A top Colombian official has denied Venezuelan allegations that Colombian police lied about where they captured a leftist rebel leader.

Colombia's Defense Minister Jorge Alberto Uribe says neither the Colombian army nor other authorities violated Venezuela's territory or that of neighboring countries.

Colombia says its security forces arrested Rodrigo Granda December 14 in the Colombian city of Cucuta near the Venezuelan border.

But during his weekly television show Sunday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the (FARC) rebel leader was actually kidnapped earlier from Venezuela's capital, Caracas, by Colombian intelligence agents and smuggled over the border.

Mr. Chavez says cell phone records show Rodrigo Granda made a phone call from Caracas shortly before his capture.

The Venezuelan president says the incident could affect bilateral relations, which have been improving in recent years.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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