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Kidnapped Jordanian Businessman Freed In Iraq

8 March 2005 -- Kidnappers in Iraq have released a Jordanian businessman, Ibrahim Maharmeh, after the family paid a ransom.

Maharmeh was abducted in Baghdad on 5 March. His brother Bilal said he was released late yesterday after the family paid a ransom of $100,000.

More than 150 foreigners have been kidnapped in the war-torn country by criminals seeking cash or by politically motivated Islamic militant groups. Some have been released while others were killed.


For the latest news and analysis on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".