Iraq Hostage Feared Death Over Israel Spy Charge

(Reuters) Cynthia Johnston - Nabil Razzouk, 30, a Palestinian Christian aid worker from East Jerusalem who was held hostage in Iraq, said Wednesday his captors beat him repeatedly and accused him of being an Israeli spy - a charge he feared would cost him his life. For more than two weeks he tried to persuade his captors that he was not a spy after they found his Israeli driver's license. He said he was held in dark, windowless rooms with other hostages, often with his hands bound or his eyes covered. "I had weapons pointed to my head....I had knives held to my neck, he said. Razzouk was working in Iraq under a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

2004-04-29 00:00:00

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