Spanish journalists released from captivity in Syria return home

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IN JULY 2015, three freelance Spanish journalists Antonio Pampliega, José Manuel López and Ángel Sastre were kidnapped whilst in Aleppo Syria but now according to the Spanish Government following intervention by Turkey and Qatar as well as through other diplomatic channels, all three have been released and returned safely to Spain on Sunday May 8.

An aircraft of the Spanish air force flew to Turkey to collect the three men and it would appear that the negotiations of this release were brokered by the Spanish government after ensuring that there was very little press speculation about the whereabouts of the men or who their captors may have been.

According to Spanish news agency EFE Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria had spoken to them following their initial release and thanked “the work of many public servants and the collaboration of allied and friendly countries” for the release.

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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews

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