Hostage Taking

Ex-hostage of Colombian rebels sceptical peace talks will bear fruit

Marc Gonsalves was seized by the rebels in 2002.

For more than five years, Marc Gonsalves and two other Americans were marched through Colombia's jungles as hostages of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, guerillas.

Monday, 26 November, 2012, 4:26am

Hostages freed from Japan bank after police find captor sleeping

Japanese police raid the Zoshi branch of the Toyokawa Shinkin Bank to rescue hostages after a 12-hour standoff. Photo: AFP

Japanese police rescued four hostages from a bank yesterday and arrested the knife-wielding man who had held them captive for more than 12 hours while demanding the prime minister resign, officials said.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:11am

Man charged in UK for hostage-taking in Syria

British police say they have charged a man arrested last week at Heathrow Airport for allegedly kidnapping two journalists in Syria.

Scotland Yard said on Tuesday that 26-year-old Shajul Islam, who was arrested October 9 at Heathrow after arriving on a flight from Egypt, will appear in court on Wednesday.

17 Oct 2012 - 10:08am

Leung Chun-ying to raise Manila hostage issues at Apec summit

Tse Chi-hang

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying met survivors of the Manila hostage tragedy yesterday, and promised to pass on their demands for compensation and an apology to the Philippine leader when they meet at a regional summit this week.

Leung and Philippine President Benigno Aquino are due to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, on Friday and Saturday.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:28am

New plea to President Hu by Manila hostage crisis campaigners

Lee Mei-chun, Tse Chi-hang, his wife Katas Chow and survivor Yik Siu-ling urge support. Photo: David Wong

Survivors and relatives of victims of the Manila hostage crisis launched a new petition yesterday urging President Hu Jintao to help them seek justice.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:14am

Manila hostage survivor Tracey Wong Cheuk-yiu 'can make it in journalism'

Manila crisis survivor Tracey Wong. Photo: SCMP

Manila hostage survivor Tracey Wong Cheuk-yiu has the qualities to become a good journalist, the professor who admitted her to journalism school says.

Wong, 17, who survived the bloodbath in which sacked policeman Rolando Mendoza killed eight people, including both her parents and her aunt, said earlier that the ordeal had inspired her to be a journalist.

25 Aug 2012 - 4:16am

Police shoot fugitive in hostage stand-off on bus

Nanjing police yesterday shot a 32-year-old knife-wielding assailant who had taken bus passengers hostage Another person was also shot, China News Service reported, but the victim's identity could not be confirmed.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Families may sue railways ministry

Families of the victims of the Wenzhou train crash said they might take the Ministry of Railways to court, as frustration and outrage rises over handling of their demands for the truth and compensation.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Hostage-taker has jail term increased

A man who held his ex-girlfriend hostage for nine hours and held a cutter to her neck had his jail term increased. Yiu Man-chun, 46, who was given 18 months for false imprisonment and wounding, had this raised to two years and nine months after a Court of Appeal review. The offence took place in April last year, months after Yiu was freed from jail after stabbing the woman, 24, in 2009.

5 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Gremlins bring down court technology system

Technology may offer great help, but sometimes pen and paper proves more reliable.

The coroner's court looking into the Manila hostage tragedy resorted to pen and paper to mark down the hostages' seating arrangements on the tour bus after an electronic write-board system failed with technical problems.

17 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Extreme measures

So, the Security Bureau is now (at the time of writing) telling us that the Philippines is two colour warnings more dangerous to travel to than Indonesia, where bomb attacks are a threat, and flood-devastated, military-drone-stalked Pakistan. In those two countries, we should merely 'exercise caution', as, we're told, we should in Iran, Nepal and Thailand.

5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Media under fire for role in hostage crisis

Broadcasters in Manila have come under fire for their coverage of last Monday's tourist bus tragedy in the city, including a lengthy interview the hostage-taker gave to a radio station that tied up his phone line when negotiators were trying to call him.

31 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Intractable problems of police and judiciary exposed

The hostage drama has highlighted the bungling incompetence and ill-preparedness of the Philippine police. Negotiations with the hostage-taker, handling of the media and crowds during the crisis, and the actual assault on the bus with hostages on board revealed a tragicomic police team with poor equipment, confused management and fatally amateur skills.

27 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Nine reasons why it all went wrong in bungled operation

Mainland criminologist Mei Jianming, an associate professor at the Chinese People's Public Security University in Beijing, says the Manila hostage crisis was a typical kidnapping and relatively uncomplicated.

26 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Perfect storm of bad co-ordination, tactical ineptitude

Monday night's massacre seemed to show that for a visitor to the Philippines, being taken hostage is only the second-worst experience. The worst is to be the object of a government rescue attempt.

The botched and bloody police operation left many Filipinos seething and wondering whether the country's 'elite' police units deserve the designation.

25 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

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