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Posted: 1/21/2006 10:26:44 AM EDT
BERLIN (Reuters) - Part of the ransom money alleged to have been paid by the German government to win the freedom of Iraq hostage Susanne Osthoff last month was found on Osthoff after her release, the German magazine Focus said on Saturday.

Without citing its sources, Focus said officials at the German embassy in Baghdad had found several thousand U.S. dollars in the 43-year-old German archaeologist's clothes when she took a shower at the embassy shortly after being freed.

The serial numbers on the bills matched those used by the government to pay off Osthoff's kidnappers, the magazine said.

Efforts to contact Osthoff for comment through her mother and a friend failed.

A spokeswoman at the German Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report. The German government is known to have paid ransoms for hostages in the past, but has refused to comment on whether it did so for Osthoff.

Osthoff, who converted to Islam and lived in Iraq, was seized heading north from Baghdad on Nov. 25 by gunmen who threatened in a videotape to kill her and her driver unless Germany ended all support for the Iraqi government.

Speculation about the circumstances of her kidnapping and release has swirled in the German media since the German government announced on Dec. 18 that she was free.

Two days after her release, the German government freed a Hizbollah member jailed for life in 1985 for the murder of a U.S. Navy diver. Berlin has denied a connection between the two events.

Osthoff herself caused a stir when she said in an interview at the end of December that she did not believe her kidnappers were criminals.


http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-01-21T205008Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_India-233084-1.xml&archived=False
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 10:30:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BadCompany:
BERLIN (Reuters) - Part of the ransom money alleged to have been paid by the German government to win the freedom of Iraq hostage Susanne Osthoff last month was found on Osthoff after her release, the German magazine Focus said on Saturday.

Without citing its sources, Focus said officials at the German embassy in Baghdad had found several thousand U.S. dollars in the 43-year-old German archaeologist's clothes when she took a shower at the embassy shortly after being freed.

The serial numbers on the bills matched those used by the government to pay off Osthoff's kidnappers, the magazine said.

Efforts to contact Osthoff for comment through her mother and a friend failed.

A spokeswoman at the German Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report. The German government is known to have paid ransoms for hostages in the past, but has refused to comment on whether it did so for Osthoff.

Osthoff, who converted to Islam and lived in Iraq, was seized heading north from Baghdad on Nov. 25 by gunmen who threatened in a videotape to kill her and her driver unless Germany ended all support for the Iraqi government.

Speculation about the circumstances of her kidnapping and release has swirled in the German media since the German government announced on Dec. 18 that she was free.

Two days after her release, the German government freed a Hizbollah member jailed for life in 1985 for the murder of a U.S. Navy diver. Berlin has denied a connection between the two events.

Osthoff herself caused a stir when she said in an interview at the end of December that she did not believe her kidnappers were criminals.


http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-01-21T205008Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_India-233084-1.xml&archived=False




Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:18:52 AM EDT
So much for German intelligence.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:24:02 AM EDT

From the article:

<snip>

Osthoff herself caused a stir when she said in an interview at the end of December that she did not believe her kidnappers were criminals.

<snip>


I wonder how much the terrorists paid her to say that?

Ooops, it appears...'several thousand dollars.'

Eric The(EinBischenKleingeldVielleicht?)Hun
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:26:43 AM EDT
dont the germans usually give in and relase people when this happens....?
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 12:48:28 PM EDT
It'll be interesting to see her try to talk her way out of this one.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 12:50:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KlubMarcus:
So much for German intelligence.

Not like they really ever had any, going back centuries!!!
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 12:52:04 PM EDT
now, we should kidnap her and hold her hostage (knowing the GERMans will pay).
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 12:53:02 PM EDT
"hostage" huh?

Hmmm...that must be German for "collaborator."
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 12:55:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 12:56:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
Sounds like the whole 'Kidnap' was a put up job....



Not the fist time...
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 12:58:25 PM EDT
Germany has a nasty, obscene history of staging kidnappings to allow them to free Middel Eastern terrorists.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 4:39:20 PM EDT
Hey that is funny, kidnapper and kidnappee split the money 70/30, not a bad payoff.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 4:44:00 PM EDT
Now is the time on Sprockets when we pay the ransom for the fake kidnapping!
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 4:47:50 PM EDT
[nelson] Ha Ha[/Nelson]

Link Posted: 1/22/2006 5:43:14 PM EDT
No wonder the Germans have a national problem with depression - Their country is being run by appeasers, fools and liars.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 11:18:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 11:30:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 11:31:43 PM EDT by Jarhead_22]
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 11:34:06 PM EDT
Need to put a bullet in that cunt's head!!!!
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 12:00:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2006 12:00:33 AM EDT by Coopmandu]

Originally Posted By Jarhead_22:
SW2 Robert Dean Stethem, USN
November 17, 1961-June 15, 1985
Murdered by Hizbollah AKA Iran and Syria

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