A kidnapped International Committee of the Red Cross worker was freed March 18 in Darfur, Reuters reports. Gauthier Lefevre, a French and British dual citizen, spent 147 days in captivity since being kidnapped in the region in October 2009.
ICRC welcomed Lefevre’s release and said it did not pay any ransom for his freedom. Saleh Dabbake, a spokesman of the organization, explained that it is a standard position for the ICRC to not pay ransoms anywhere.
Meanwhile, there were no comments if ICRC will resume its operation in Darfur, which the organization suspended following the kidnapping of Lefevre and a fellow worker from Chad.