THE CARIBBEAN

Dominican Republic

24 June The parents of Eddy Junior Luna Canela (16) who has American citizenship, appeared at a press conference after the release of their son who was held captive for 23 days in an abandoned house in La Caleta, Boca Chica. The kidnappers made an initial ransom demand of USD260,000 but subsequently reduced it to USD125,000. During the negotiations they threatened to send the victim’s head to his parents in a plastic bag if the ransom was not paid. The police arrested eight suspects and said the two leaders of the kidnapping gang lead a gang that is dedicated to kidnapping people to settle drug debts.

EUROPE

Ukraine

27 June Pro-Russian insurgents released four international observers – citizens of Switzerland, Turkey, Estonia and Denmark – who had been held hostage since 26 May. The four observers were kidnapped in Luhansk Oblast, eastern Ukraine, along with four other colleagues from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The four remaining hostages are citizens of Spain, Holland, Russia and a lady from Germany.

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