Catholic Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa, 66, who was taken hostage January 17, 2005
has been freed by his captors. The hostage takers had demanded $200,000 for the release of the Archbishop, but the Vatican is claiming he was released without a ransom being paid.
"He has been freed and he is on his way home without paying any ransom," said Potris Moshi, an assistant to the church leader.
The Vatican had branded the kidnapping a "despicable terrorist act" and demanded that he be freed. The Vatican said that a ransom of $200,000 had been initially demanded.
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