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Dutch government demands reimbursement for charity worker's ransom

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1516
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Dutch Foreign Ministry is suing medical aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for €1m (£0.7m, $1.2m) that it claims it merely “advanced” to secure the release of kidnapped aid worker Arjan Erkel in April.

    The aid organisation is refusing to pay, however, saying it was not party to any deal and arguing governments must take responsibility for protecting aid workers.

    Erkel, a Dutch citizen, was kidnapped by armed gunmen in the Russian Caucasian republic of Dagestan in August 2002. He was released this year after 20 months in captivity. The government and MSF give differing accounts …

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