British hostage to return home

Judith Tebbutt, who was freed yesterday after being held hostage by Somali pirates, is expected to return home in the coming days.

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Eyewitnesses: 'Kidnappers arrested at ransom drop'

by - Africa Correspondent
Judith Tebbutt who was kidnapped in Kenya has been freed.
Judith Tebbutt who was kidnapped in Kenya has been freed.

Members of the gang which held Judith Tebbutt captive were arrested earlier this week, according to eyewitnesses. The men were briefly detained at an airfield in Adado, Somalia.

One eyewitness said they were attempting to collect the ransom for Mrs Tebbutt's release when they were arrested for being at the airfield without permission. The men were questioned for several hours before being freed.

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Foreign Secretary welcomes release of Judith Tebbutt

“I am delighted that Judith Tebbutt has been released following her six month ordeal. Judith is now in the care of the British High Commission in Nairobi and has been reunited with her son, Oliver.

Our immediate thoughts are with Judith’s family and friends who have endured the ordeal of her captivity with great strength and dignity. David Tebbutt, Judith’s husband, was killed during the attack on the couple and I send my deepest condolences to them as they continue to come to terms with his death as a family. I hope the media will respect the family’s call for privacy.”

– William Hague, Foreign Secretary

Freed hostage Judith Tebbutt releases statement

"I am of course hugely relieved to at last be free, and overjoyed to be reunited with my son Ollie. This however is a time when my joy at being safe again is overwhelmed by my immense grief, shared by Ollie and the wider family, following David’s passing in September last year. My family and I now need to grieve properly.

"I would like to thank everybody who has supported Ollie throughout this ordeal. I am now looking forward to returning home to family and friends whom I have missed so very much.

"I hope that while I adjust to my freedom and the devastating loss of my husband that I and my family will be allowed space, time and most of all privacy, to come to terms with the events of the last six months."

– Judith Tebbutt, freed from Somali pirates
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