The Rittenhouse Review

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005  

Reward Offered for on Behalf of Hostage Hallums

Amanda Hallums, the younger daughter of American hostage Roy Hallums, a man held in captivity in Iraq since November 1, is circulating a flier in Baghdad offering a $40,000 reward for information leading to his release.

The Scripps Howard News Service reports:

Hallums . . . said Friday that she resorted to the public appeal to the streets of Iraq because she remains confident her father, Roy Hallums, 56, is still alive.

“I still have hope,” she said. […]

Ms. Hallums said she asked for help in drawing up the flier from Nabil Bayakly, a Muslim imam and chairman of Muslims in Memphis[, Tenn.]. It’s now being circulated by military personnel in Baghdad. […]

The flier . . . offers pictures of Roy Hallums, gives his physical description and offers the $40,000 reward. Then it makes a case for his release.

“Also, there is a plea in it from an Islamic standpoint: That innocent people should not be harmed, according to the Sharia, or Islamic holy law,” Bayakly said. “If they have any sense of Islamic values, that should be honored.”

After more than seven months, the Hallums family surely deserves a break in the case.

[Post-publication addendum (June 15): Please see today’s post clarifying this report.]

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