Potential Shift in Hostage Policy: Officials to Recommend Families Be Free to Pay Ransom

April 26, 2015 12:57 PM

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Potential Shift in Hostage Policy: Officials to Recommend Families Be Free to Pay Ransom

Families of American hostages who communicate with foreign kidnappers or raise money and pay ransoms will no longer have to fear prosecution for aiding terrorist groups, a White House-ordered advisory group on U.S. hostage policy is expected to recommend, senior officials told ABC News last week.

"There will be absolutely zero chance of any family member of an American held hostage overseas ever facing jail themselves, or even the threat of prosecution, for trying to free their loved ones," said one of three senior officials familiar with the hostage policy team's ongoing review.

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