Emotional Reunion: Luis Diaz and Father Embrace After 12-Day Ordeal
Liverpool forward Luis Diaz experienced a poignant reunion with his father, Luis ‘Mane’ Diaz, following a 12-day kidnapping ordeal in Colombia.
The emotional scenes unfolded in the city of Barranquilla, marking the first meeting between father and son since the traumatic incident that captivated the footballer’s home country.
Kidnapping Details: Abduction by Armed Men and Family’s Anguish
Diaz Snr, along with his wife Cilenis Marulanda, was abducted at gunpoint by four armed men on motorcycles on October 28.
The family endured an agonizing 12 days of uncertainty as Luis Diaz remained in captivity. The left-wing guerrilla group Ejercito de Liberation Nacional (ELN) was responsible for the kidnapping, highlighting the dangers faced by the Diaz family.
Luis Diaz Jr.’s Emotional Response: Tearful Embrace and Family Reunion
In heart-rending images shared by the Colombian Football Federation, Luis Diaz Jr. is seen tearfully embracing his father upon their reunion.
The emotional moment captures not only the relief of the family but also the profound impact of the traumatic experience. Friends and family join the reunion, creating a support network for the footballer and his loved ones.
Legal Developments: Arrests and Court Hearing for Assailants
Colombian police confirmed the arrest of four members of the criminal group Los Primos (The Cousins) involved in the kidnapping.
Facing charges of kidnap and theft, the assailants’ first pictures have been revealed. A court hearing in the northern Colombian city of Riohacha is scheduled, shedding light on the legal proceedings against those responsible for the harrowing crime.
Father’s Testimony: Physical Struggle and Plea for Peace
Diaz Snr, who suffered an injured knee during his captivity, shared details of the harrowing ordeal at a press conference.
Forced to walk for a week straight, he called for an end to violence and urged the use of peaceful means. His tearful plea resonated with the Colombian people, emphasizing the need for unity and peace in the country.