Today it has been reported that David Bolam, a British teacher who was held hostage by militants in Libya, has been released.
His release is believed to have been secured through the payment of ransom, according to a BBC report. However, the Foreign Office has declined to comment on this.
Either way, a debate is starting to develop around the UK's policy on hostages. And with the recent murder of Alan Henning at the hands of Isis, it is likely to continue.
So do you think the UK should change its policy on paying ransoms, or keep its official line of non-negotiation?
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