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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 

Israeli who fought ISIS held for ransom or death for self-defense

An Israeli who fought ISIS in a Muslim country with no diplomatic ties to Israel is being charged with "murdering" a jihad sympathizer who wanted to betray him to the enemy, and the captors are demanding ransom to release him:
In his Bat Yam home in central Israel, Ilan Hassin sits anxiously, desperate and worried sick. His son is imprisoned in an Arab country, and could be executed if the family fails to collect enough money to secure his release.

The details surrounding the grave security-related affair were revealed Tuesday following the lifting of a court-issued gag order: Ben Hassin, 22, an Israeli with dual Canadian citizenship, has been charged with murder and is under arrest in a Muslim country that does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.

According to reports, Hassin entered the country around two years ago to visit his grandparents, who still reside there. During his visit, Hassin volunteered to join a local militia, which among other things fights Islamic State. Hassin was even issued a personal firearm within the framework of his duties.

When Hassin took his last family leave, he got in a cab and during the ride conversed in Hebrew on his cellular phone. The driver identified him as an Israeli, and according to Hassin's testimony changed course with the intention of turning him over to Islamic State fighters. To prevent that from happening, Hassin shot the driver, critically wounding him. The driver died in hospital several days later, and Hassin was subsequently arrested and charged with murder.

Upon learning of his son's arrest, Ilan Hassin immediately turned to the Foreign Ministry. The ministry's consular department, he was told, had limited capabilities in the country in question, but he was promised help nonetheless. The father was able to have the start of the trial postponed several times, while simultaneously negotiating -- as per the custom in that country -- a ransom payment with the family of the dead taxi driver. The sides eventually agreed to the considerable sum of $120,000. The agreement will be presented in court next week, when it will receive legal validity. The Israeli will be released if he raises the sum of money demanded by the driver's family.
Total abomination, and proves that the country he's prisoner in is siding with ISIS themselves. I hope the man can be freed, but it's terrible that now, there's a situation where the terrorists could end up with money to fund their evil.

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