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No ransom paid for release of Father Tom, says V K Singh

VK Singh

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 13: Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. V.K. Singh on Wednesday said no ransom was paid for the safe release of Kerala Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnallil, who was kidnapped by extremists in Yemen in March last year.

Yesterday, priest was brought to Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. He has reached the Vatican, said a Church spokesperson on Wednesday.

Addressing media, Singh said “No ransom was paid and the reason why Oman got into the efforts for release is… when direct efforts do not yield results, indirect measures are adopted and what’s important is to solve the problem”.

On a question when the priest is expected to return to India, he said “He (Tom) will have to decide that.”

Wefornews Bureau

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