An Australian man kidnapped by suspected Muslim extremists in the Philippines more than a year ago has recorded a video message, saying he has given up hope of being released.
Originally posted by IkNOwSTuff
Only 22K and we havent paid
Surely a news agency would have paid and got the rights to a story, or even his family could have paid. If they were poor Im sure they could have got a loan to pay against any money he gets from interviews.
If this guy gets out hell make a packet from telling his story.
It sonds like the Aussie gov has refused to pay and also stopped other people from doing so.
Not very reassuring as an Aussie citizen
Originally posted by Bedlam
reply to post by OrionsWitness
I'll kick in $500, I don't know if I can get any out of the business kitty, if we get a couple of contracts that are outstanding we might be able to tote the whole thing but I don't know if I can convince the other guys. Is this guy military? If so it's a shoo in, I could float it over on CP1 and milcom.edit on 26-12-2012 by Bedlam because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by BMorris
The problem with paying ransom demands, is there is no assurance that they will honor their end.
Plus the fact that you will be validating their methods, and encourage them to repeat it in the future.
Best send in the professionals, and free the man militaristically imo.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
Ok.. so you pay the 22k... What happens when they demand 40k? or 400k? or 4million?
Once Pandors box is opened its almost impossible to close it... The moment these groups know what countries / entites will pay a ransom only reinforces the behavior and places those people in even more danger.
While I sympathize with the need to pay to rbing the person home, I find myself more in agreement with Daaskapital (which is rare) about sending in special forces to take these groups out.edit on 27-12-2012 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)