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Paying terror ransom will do more harm than good

PM says acting on humanitarian instinct will endanger more people

MR LEE: Says the standard response internationally is to refuse to pay ransom, but expresses his scepticism that deals had not been struck.


IF governments pay ransom when a citizen is taken as a hostage by a terrorist group, they are in fact endangering their own people - hence the official policy of governments worldwide to not negotiate with terrorists, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday.