Ransom paid for Estonian hostages -- Intelligence Online

  • 2011-08-10
  • TBT Staff

TALLINN -- French website Intelligence Online has reported that a ransom of $5 million was paid for the release of seven Estonian cyclists kidnapped in Lebanon in March.

The cyclists, who were kidnapped by a previously unknown group called the Movement of Rebirth and Reform, were freed after 113 days in captivity.

The July 28 article cites a source close to Lebanese intelligence as saying that the original political goals of the kidnapping were later changed for simple ransom.