Court says ransom should be paid 50:50

Medical charity Artsen zonder Grenzen (doctors without borders) has been ordered to pay the Dutch state back €270,000 used to pay the ransom for charity worker Arjan Erkel, kidnapped in Dagestan in 2002 and released in 2004, Swiss media reports on Monday.

In total, €1m was paid to get Erkel released: the charity paid €230,000 and the Dutch government the rest. Both sides say the other should pay the full amount, and twice courts have found in the charity’s favour.
Now, the Swiss court has reportedly ruled that both sides should pay half the ransom.

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