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July 08, 2007

The Price Tag for Alan Johnston

Alan Johnston price tag.jpg

MEMRI's blog picks up on an Al-Hayat Al-Jadida report which states:

Sources close to Jaysh Al-Islam have revealed that the organization received $5 million and a million Kalashnikov rifle bullets in a deal for the release of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston.

According to Palestinian sources, Jaysh Al-Islam commander Mumtaz Daghmoush received a guarantee from Hamas that he would not stand trial for crimes he was suspected of carrying out, and that Hamas would release Jaysh Al-Islam's spokesman, whom it was holding.

Further, Hamas and Jaysh Al-Islam agreed not to reveal which operations they had carried out jointly.

Dismissed Palestinian prime minister Isma'il Haniya denied that there had been a deal or preconditions in the matter of Johnston's release.

(Hat tip: Little Green Footballs)

Posted by TS at July 8, 2007 06:58 AM


That's one expensive journalist.

Posted by: Valerie at January 3, 2009 05:28 AM

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