Italian hostage Vagni freed

MANILA, Philippines – Eugenio Vagni, the Italian worker of the International Committee Red Cross (ICRC) who was held captive for six months by extremist rebels in Sulu, was freed early Sunday, authorities said.

Vagni was freed at around 1:05 a.m, said Gwen Pang, Philippine National Red Cross secretary-general.

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Published in: on July 12, 2009 at 6:28 am  Leave a Comment  

ICRC renews appeal for Vagni release

MANILA, Philippines – Italian Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni contacted his family only twice in June, as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) renewed its appeal to release the remaining hostage, 170 days after his abduction in Sulu province.

In a statement posted on the ICRC website, Alain Aeschlimann, head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific, said that Vagni was able to speak to his wife last June 2 and 26, and the phone calls lasted for only a few minutes.

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Published in: on July 3, 2009 at 6:35 am  Leave a Comment