German Muslim leader offers himself as hostage

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5 December 2005, BERLIN - A German Muslim group called Monday for the case of kidnapped of German aid worker and archaeologist, Susanne Osthoff, to be discussed at a summit of Islamic states later this week. Osthoff, 43, and a driver were abducted on November 25 in Iraq. In a video message, the kidnappers threatened to kill her unless Germany ceased helping Iraq's government by training police. The Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD) said it had sent a letter to organisers of the Islamic summit in

5 December 2005

BERLIN - A German Muslim group called Monday for the case of kidnapped of German aid worker and archaeologist, Susanne Osthoff, to be discussed at a summit of Islamic states later this week.

Osthoff, 43, and a driver were abducted on November 25 in Iraq. In a video message, the kidnappers threatened to kill her unless Germany ceased helping Iraq's government by training police.

The Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD) said it had sent a letter to organisers of the Islamic summit in Mecca on December 7 to 8 to put the Osthoff case on the meeting's agenda.

"The world is right to expect a clear and unambiguous condemnation of all forms of violence, terror and contempt for humanity," said the letter which calls on Islamic leaders to help win the releaser of Osthoff and her driver.

Nadeem Elyas, head of the Central Council of Muslims, said he could contemplate swapping himself as a hostage in Osthoff's place.

"I would consider anything that would save her life," he told the Berlin Tageszeitung newspaper.

DPA

Subject: German news

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