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Swiss court orders MSF to pay Netherlands for aid worker release

Published on 15/07/2008

15 July 2008

LAUSANNE – Switzerland’s highest court has ordered doctors’ group Medecins Sans Frontieres to pay EUR 270,000 (CHF 434,000) to the Dutch government in a dispute over ransom paid to free an aid worker.

The case concerned Netherlands’ EUR 1 million payment in 2004 to free aid worker Arjan Erkel from unknown gunmen in the volatile Russian republic of Dagestan.

Erkel is a Dutch citizen who worked for the group, also known as Doctors Without Borders.

The Federal Tribunal on Monday overturned a Geneva court ruling rejecting the Dutch claim for reimbursement. MSF had denied any prior agreement with the government to pay back the ransom.

The court also denied MSF’s claim to recoup EUR 230,000 from the Dutch government that it put up for the ransom.

[AP / Expatica]