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My son secured my freedom - UK hostage

22 March 2012, 08:12

England - London - British hostage Judith Tebbutt, released on Wednesday more than six months after being abducted by Somalis who killed her husband, said in a television interview that her son had secured her freedom.

"I am just happy to be released and I'm looking forward to seeing my son who successfully secured my release. I don't know how he did it, but he did. Which is great," she told Britain's ITV in an interview filmed in Somalia.

Her son, Oliver, has declined to comment.

Tebbutt's husband David, the finance director of a publishing house, was shot dead in the attack on the Kenyan beach resort where they were staying, in September last year.

She said seven months was "a long time" to be held. "The circumstances, with my husband passing away, made it harder," she added.

"There were some very hard psychological moments," she said, faltering, "but I got through it".

The 57-year-old said she was moved from house to house during her captivity, which she found "very disorientating".

In a separate interview broadcast by the BBC, a clearly emotional Tebbutt said she had only learned that her husband had been killed two weeks after she was captured, when her son passed on the news.

"I didn't know he had died until about two weeks from my capture. I just assumed he was alive but then my son told me he had died. That was difficult," she said.

"I feel extremely sad, very, very sad indeed. He was a good man. That was very unfortunate. Really horrible. But you've just got to pick up the pieces... and move on," she said.

Tebbutt was flown to Kenya after she was released.

In footage recorded before she was released, Tebbutt said she had been ill three times during her captivity, but had received medication "almost immediately" each time and had recovered.

"I've had absolutely no torture whatsoever. In fact, I've been made to feel as comfortable as possible by the pirates that are holding me," she said.



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