Spain pays ransom to free hostage held in Iraq

17th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 March 2005, MADRID- A Spanish businessman of Iraqi origin who was held hostage for several weeks in Iraq has been freed and brought back to Spain, the foreign ministry announced.

17 March 2005

MADRID- A Spanish businessman of Iraqi origin who was held hostage for several weeks in Iraq has been freed and brought back to Spain, the foreign ministry announced.

A spokesman said the family of the unidentified man who settled in Spain some 30 years ago had paid a ransom to his kidnappers, who freed him on Tuesday.

He was flown back to Spain on Wednesday, the spokesman said.

The amount of the ransom was not disclosed.

The Spanish government "helped in the negotiations", the spokesman said, adding that the man was snatched by an armed group several weeks ago while visiting family in Iraq.

The Spanish government was informed of his kidnapping on 7 March.

The businessman, who head a real estate agency and a translation company in Spain, became a Spanish citizen in 2000.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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