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PRESS RELEASE: The Welcome release of Alan Johnston

July 2, 2012

Wednesday, July 4. 2007
The Welcome release of Alan Johnston

It is welcome news that BBC reporter Alan Johnston has been released by his kidnappers after spending 114 days in captivity.

Friends of Al-Aqsa and all other supporting individuals and organisations share the Johnston families overwhelming joy at his safe release.

Mr Johnston, told the BBC: “It’s just the most fantastic thing to be free. It was an appalling experience, being kidnapped, occasionally quite terrifying and I didn’t know when it was going to end.

“It became hard to imagine normal life. I dreamed several times of being free but always woke up in that room. It’s incredibly good to be out.”

Friends of al-Aqsa Chairman, Ismail Patel said, It is a relief to hear and see Alan free.

It has already been acknowledged by many, including Alan himself, that the Hamas government played a key role in securing his release. The steps they took should be acknowledged as the actions of a legitimate authority. Perhaps it is time to finally respect the Palestinian peoples democratic choice

For Further Details Contact:
Tel 077 11 823 524

Friends of Al Aqsa is a voluntary organisation concerned with the defence of
Al Aqsa Haram Sharif and the protection of Palestinian Human Rights.
http://www.aqsa.org.uk
Contact:
P.O. Box 5127, Leicester. LE2 0WU. England.
Tel 077 11 823 524
Fax ++ 44 [116] 253 7575

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