Indonesia Did Not Pay Ransom to Rescue Hostages: Palace

Desi Angriani    •    20 September 2016 15:41 WIB
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Indonesia Did Not Pay Ransom to Rescue Hostages: Palace
Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung (Foto: Antara/Andika Wahyu)

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung has ensured the Indonesian government did not pay any ransom to rescue three Indonesian hostages from Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines.

The hostages were rescued last Saturday (9/17). They are Lorence Koten (34), Theodorus Kopong (42) and Emanuel (40).

"We did not pay any ransom," Pramono said at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday (9/20).

Pramono added the government is trying to bring back the hostages to Indonesia as soon as possible. 

"Hopefully, we can do it in two or three days," he stated.

The hostages were kidnapped in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia on July 9, 2016. At that time, they worked in a Malaysian vessel.



(WAH)