Aubenas and interpreter Hanun reunite in France

16th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 16 (AFP) - A French journalist and her Iraqi interpreter who were held hostage for more than five months in a Baghdad cellar will reunite Thursday in Paris, five days after they were freed from their ordeal.

PARIS, June 16 (AFP) - A French journalist and her Iraqi interpreter who were held hostage for more than five months in a Baghdad cellar will reunite Thursday in Paris, five days after they were freed from their ordeal.  

Correspondent Florence Aubenas will greet Hussein Hanun at the capital's Orly airport, the head of Aubenas's Liberation newspaper, Serge July, told AFP.  

The two were held together after being seized in Baghdad by an unidentified group on January 5 and were released last Saturday after secretive negotiations by the French government.  

Aubenas, in a media conference Tuesday, said she only realised shortly before her release that the male prisoner being kept in the same cellar during her ordeal was Hanun because the two were kept blindfolded and under orders not to talk.  

July said Hanun was coming to Paris via Jordan with his wife and their son, but "he did not intend to move to France."  

He was to discuss his options about his future, July said. Hanun has said he would likely leave Baghdad, where he currently lives, and give up helping journalists.

© AFP

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