EUROPE

Portugal

1 July The police announced that the Judiciary Police (JP) had freed a young man aged 19 years, who had been kidnapped the previous afternoon in Lisbon, and arrested a man and a woman aged between 20 and 25 years. The kidnappers had demanded an undisclosed ransom from friends of the victim. The National Counter Terrorism Unit arrested the suspects at the time of release of the victim.

Ukraine

23 July According to reports from ANNA news agency, Graham Phillips, a UK national and RT stringer, ANNA news agency cameraman, Vadim Aksyonov, and an employee of the press service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic who is, possibly, a friend of Phillips, were taken hostage while filming fighting around Donetsk airport. Anonymous sources are said to have blamed Ukrainian troops for the incident. Aksyonov was released on 24 July in a “terrible state” as he had been tortured and had no sleep for over 24 hours. There was no news of Graham Phillips or his friend.

23 July Colonel Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the National Security and Defence Council, told a news conference that nine Nigerian students studying in the country had been kidnapped by separatists in Luhansk on 21 July. They are being held deep in rebel held territory. Negotiations are going on with the separatists for the release of the hostages.

THE CARIBBEAN

Haiti

3 July According to the police chief, Godson Orelus, only 5 cases of kidnapping had been reported from January to June 2014 compared with 44 reported cases over the same period in 2013. This shows a decrease of 88%.

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