Harmeet Singh Sooden
Sooden among three hostages in broadcast08 March 2006
New Zealand student Harmeet Singh Sooden and two
other peace activists kidnapped in Iraq 100 days ago appeared
on Al-Jazeera television last night.
The video bore a February 28 date.
The four workers were last seen in a
videotape aired by al-Jazeera on January 28 and dated January
The latest broadcast showed three men
sitting in chairs and speaking, although there was no sound.
The three – Mr Sooden, 32, fellow
Canadian James Loney, 41, and Briton Norman Kember, 74 –
appeared to be in good health.
The fourth hostage, American Tom Fox, 54,
was missing from the footage.
One of those on the tape had white hair
and a slight beard, the two others had dark hair and full
"Three hostages in Iraq pleaded with Arab
Gulf leaders to help free them and the hostages who call
themselves the Christian Peacemaker Team pleaded with their
governments to intervene for their release," said the
Al-Jazeera news presenter as a short silent clip of the video
received by the channel was shown.
In the January 28 broadcast the
al-Jazeera newsreader said the hostage-takers issued a
statement saying it was the "last chance" for US and Iraqi
authorities to "release all Iraqi prisoners in return of
freeing the hostages otherwise their fate will be death." No
deadline was set.
The previously unknown Swords of
Righteousness Brigades had claimed responsibility for the
Until Tuesday, there had been no further
word on the fate of hostages.
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