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HOSTAGE. A person delivered into the possession of a public enemy in the time of war, as a security for the performance of a contract entered into between the belligerents.
     2. Hostages are frequently given as a security for the payment of a ransom bill, and if they should die, their death would not discharge the contract. 3 Burr. 1734; 1 Kent, Com. 106; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The Radisson attack follows a nearly 24-hour siege and hostage-taking at another hotel in August in the central Malian town of Sevare in which five UN workers were killed, along with four soldiers and four attackers.
Section 1203(b)(1)(A) criminalizes hostage-taking that occurs outside the United States if 'the person seized or detained is a national of the United States.' A 'national of the United States' is, in turn, defined by reference to the Immigration and Nationality Act as 'a citizen of the United States.' 18 U.S.C.
Families of victims and survivors of the incident want the Philippine government to apologize for its unsuccessful handling of the hostage-taking, pay compensation, take disciplinary action and make a pledge such an incident will not happen again.
"That was less a hostage-taking than a straight-up revenge thing," Ramsey said.
AQIM focuses more on networks of crime, smuggling, arm trafficking and hostage-taking, he added, underlining that this modus operandi is more criminal than political.
The Iraqi government stated on Tuesday it would punish security officials in the Baghdad district where Al-Qaeda gunmenluanched a deadly hostage-taking at a church that left scores of worshippers dead.
Although government officials worldwide are fond of declaring "We don't negotiate with terrorists," the reality is that negotiations are a frequent feature of government-terrorist interactions, particularly in the case of political hostage-taking. While not necessarily advocating for conducting such negotiations, Faure (sociology, the Sorbonne U., Paris V, France) and Zartman (emeritus, international organization and conflict resolution, Johns Hopkins U.) present seven chapters that explore patterns and regularities in negotiations with political hostage-takers in order to provide guidance on such negotiations once the decision is made.
Tragic scene: People gather at the cemetery in the Russian town of Beslan to mourn the 335 victims, mostly children, of the hostage-taking at School No.
"There is no justification for hostage-taking and we call upon those people who are holding the other Iraqi and British hostages to release them immediately."
He said: "I think British people understand why no British government makes conces-sions in return for hostage-taking. What we determined to do is work very closely with the authorities in Iraq to try to secure the release of hostages.
He is the sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain.
If someone wants to buy a house that has been the scene of murders, drug dealing and hostage-taking, surely they could just buy a house in any street in Liverpool?