Thursday, October 8, 2015
Italian government paying millions in ransoms to groups in Syria and Somalia.
Italian government paying millions in ransoms to groups in Syria and Somalia. (AJ).
A six-month investigation by Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit has cast light on the shadowy world of hostage negotiations, revealing how some governments negotiate with armed groups and pay cash ransoms.
In one case, Italy paid millions of dollars for the release of one Italian and one Belgian journalist, according to Syrian fighters. In another, Al Jazeera obtained photographs of an $11m cash ransom paid by Italy to the armed Syrian group, al-Nusra Front, in return for the release of two aid workers.
See the full documentary, Al Jazeera Investigates - The Hostage Business, online via this link from October 12: https://youtu.be/gEKW-8W5QAI
You can also see the film on Al Jazeera English at these times:
Monday, October 12: 2000G
Tuesday, October 13: 0600G
Wednesday, October 14: 1200G
Thursday, October 15: 0100G
Friday, October 16: 2000G
Saturday, October 17: 1200G