Saturday, January 21, 2006

Since when does the hostage get paid the ransom?

When the hostage is actually part of the shakedown, that's when. The German government is learning that one the hard way, according to this Reuters report. Remember that German hostage Susan Osthoff? The one the Germans paid big bucks and freed a convicted terrorist and murderer to secure the release of? Seems she had some of the money used to make the payoff on her person when she showed up at the embassy after her "ordeal."

::::::::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.

I can well imagine they did. Perhaps, in the memory of Robert Stetham, the German government can grow a pair of balls and ask Frau Osthoff just how the hell that money wound up on her person after she was "held hostage" as she was.

Hat tip: LGF