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Claims Berlin paid for hostages freedom

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Claims Berlin paid for hostages freedom


The German government has declined to comment on media claims that it paid a ransom to secure the release of two of its citizens held hostage in Iraq.

The ARD public TV channel, quoting security sources, said Berlin paid around eight million euros to win the freedom of Rene Braeunlich and Thomas Nitzschke. The magazine Der Spiegel made similar claims. The two arrived home on Wednesday after being held captive for 99 days.The government is suspected of having paid ransoms in the past but has repeatedly said it cannot be blackmailed and that its policy is not to reward kidnappers.
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