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Who pays for hostage release in foreign countries?

Asked by chyna (45513points) September 14th, 2010

Sarah Shourd was released today on $300,000 or $500,000 bond, depending which story you read. Who came up with this money? Was it the American government? I don’t think her family could afford it. If it was the American government, is this a good idea or bad idea. Discuss.

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jaytkay's avatar

I don’t know about international or Iranian bail, but within the US a bail bondsman would cover you for 10% of the bail.

Meaning you pay him $30,000 and if you don’t show up in court, the bondsman pays the court $300,000. He keeps the $30K regardless.

Seems the US government should cover it it’s the least they can do for a CIA agent or whatever those “lost hikers” are :-)

bob_'s avatar

Governments usually pay such ransoms, but will understandably deny it. See an example here.

chyna's avatar

I understand it is top secret if the government is paying or more hostage situations will occur. But why does it take so long? The hikers have been hostages for a year.

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