British Woman Freed in Somalia

Posted March 21st, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Somali officials say they have released a British woman who had been held hostage since her kidnapping last year from an exclusive island resort near the Kenya-Somalia border.

Judith Tebbutt was to be flown to Nairobi, Wednesday, after her release.

She was kidnapped — and her husband, David, was killed — in September 2011, just hours after they checked into their open-air room at the Kiwayu Safari Village. They were the resort's only guests at the time.

Kenyan authorities charged at least two suspects in the murder-kidnapping.

Issa Sheikh Said was charged with robbery with violence and kidnapping, allegations he has denied. Former resort worker Ali Babitu Kololo faces similar charges. He says an armed gang forced him to lead them to the couple's cottage.

The Kiwayu Safari Village resort is about 40 kilometers south of the Kenya-Somalia border.

The Tebbutts were visiting from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire in southeast England.

David Tebbutt was the finance director of the British publishing company Faber & Faber.