Forgive Iraqi captors, former hostages plead
Last Updated: Friday, December 8, 2006 | 7:44 AM ET
Two Canadians and a Briton held hostage in Iraq last year said Friday that they have been asked to testify at the trial of their alleged captors, but are reluctant to do so because they are opposed to Iraq's death penalty.
James Loney, Harmeet Singh Sooden and Norman Kember, all members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, told a news conference in London that their alleged captors should be forgiven instead of punished.
James Loney was among four Christian Peacemaker Teams activists taken hostage in Iraq in November 2005. Three were released after 117 days, while the fourth was killed. (CBC) Freed in March, the three peace activists had been held hostage for 117 days in Iraq.
"What our captors did was wrong. They caused us, our families and friends great suffering. Yet we bear no malice towards them and have no wish for retribution," Loney said.
"We would like to know more about the court process, how it works and how we could speak to leniency. We are very, very concerned about the death penalty. It would be the worst possible outcome for us."