Former Hostages Forgive their Iraqi Kidnappers

December 10, 2006

Source: The New Zealand Herald

New Zealander Harmeet Sooden and two hostages freed with him have publicly forgiven their Iraqi kidnappers.

Mr Sooden, Briton Norman Kember and Canadian James Loney made their statement in London where they had their first meeting since they were released in March after 118 days in captivity in Iraq.

They issued a statement at a press conference one year on from the day their kidnappers threatened to kill them unless their demands were met.

A fourth hostage, American Tom Fox, was shot dead two weeks before the three were released.

The former hostages said they understood a number of men alleged to be their captors had been apprehended, charged with kidnapping and were facing trial in Iraq.