Dutch gov’t to appeal Erkel ransom ruling

A Swiss court on Thursday rejected a claim by the Dutch government which had demanded that Medecins Sans Frontieres reimburses it with the €770,000 The Hague paid as a ransom for the return of one of the charity’s workers, Arjan Erkel.

Erkel was kidnapped in Dagestan, in the Russian Caucaus, in 2002 and freed 20 months later after a €1m ransom was paid.
The Dutch government said it had agreed with the charity that the money would be refunded and is to appeal against the court decision.

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