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Romania charges translator, businessman in Iraq kidnappings

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Romania on Friday charged translator Muhamed Munaf and Arab businessman Omar Hayssam with orchestrating the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists [Guardian report] held for 55 days in Iraq. The two men were specifically charged with "initiating, funding and coordinating the March 28 kidnapping." Prosecutors believe that Hayssam hoped to remake his image, tarnished by involvement in organized crime and shady financial dealings, into that of a hero by making it appear that he aided in the journalists rescue. Warrant arrests for 30 days were issued according to the report. Reuters has more.

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