By Hassan Morlai Koroma
The kidnapping of diplomats for political or financial gain is not a new phenomenon. Assertions such as “we will do everything it takes to secure the safe release of …” or “we will not pay any ransom to kidnappers”, etc. soon give way to the reality that if the diplomat is indeed to be freed, some form of deal has to be struck. Such deals are hardly presented to the public as official ransom.