BBC Reporter's Kidnappers Demand Freeing Prisoners

[Times-UK] Sonia Verma - The kidnappers of Alan Johnston, the BBC's Gaza correspondent, are demanding the release of Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi, the female bomber who took part in the 2004 attack at the Radisson SAS hotel in Amman, Jordan, in which more than 20 guests at a wedding party were killed. They also demanded the release of women prisoners being held in Iraq and all the detainees at the American military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Palestinian officials said Monday. Ali Sartawi, the Palestinian Justice Minister, noted: "It is no longer a case of money, their demands have changed." Initial reports suggested that a powerful crime family in Gaza had snatched Johnston, 44, who was seized on March 12, but Sartawi believes Johnston has since been sold to a previously unknown jihadist group.

2007-05-01 01:00:00

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