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Iceburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:03 AM
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Family of Freed Canadian Hostage Paid $100,000 ransom

The family of a Canadian man kidnapped in Iraq last week apparently paid a hefty ransom for his safe return. A report in The Toronto Star say family members of Naji al-Kuwaiti, 64, paid $100,000 US to secure his release.

Foreign Affairs parliamentary secretary Dan McTeague has said that al-Kuwaiti's release was negotiated by Canadian officials in Amman, Jordan, as well as representatives in Baghdad.

The Star reports that a federal source told them that al-Kuwaiti's family paid the ransom, which was then passed on to his captors with the help of Canadian diplomats.

McTeague would not confirm ransom reports Wednesday, saying "we have no formal confirmation of that."
Earlier reports suggested the kidnappers were threatening to kill al-Kuwaiti unless they received $50,000.

Al-Kuwaiti, a resident of Toronto, had been in Iraq trying to set up a business as an exporter-importer. He was kidnapped last week in Baghdad by an unknown group and was released Tuesday night.

He is now out of Iraq and is making plans to return to Canada. McTeague says he is in good health.
Meanwhile, another Canadian man, Rifat Mohammed Rifat, is still missing in Iraq. He was last heard from on April 8.

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demdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:06 AM
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1. Well, that should keep Canadians safe in Iraq.
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AP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:10 AM
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2. Is this the only wealth that's transferring to Iraqis these days?
Halliburton is getting most of the money that goes into Iraq, rigth? And as far as I can tell, all the contractors -- their employees -- are from Japan, the US, Canada, Italy, etc., right?

So it looks like this is the ONLY way Iraqis are making any money off the invasion.

Republicans love free markets, right? They should be very proud of the deregulation that has allowed Iraqis to make a buck in Iraq.
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