Questions Raised Over UK Hostage Policy On Ransoms

Posted on October 9, 2014

Two key elements of the British government’s hostage negotiation strategy – refusing to pay ransoms and requesting a media blackout – are under increasing scrutiny after Islamic State (Isis) threatened the life of a fifth western captive.

The brother of the taxi driver Alan Henning has said the family were “gagged by the government” until shortly before his death, and the parents of the murdered US photographer James Foley say they believe the US and UK governments are “condemning their citizens to death” by ruling out ransom payments.

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