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Cablegate: Godbold Case: Red Cross Reports Likely Release

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DE RUEHNJ #0856 3091151
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 051151Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY NDJAMENA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5850
INFO RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 1750
RUEHNM/AMEMBASSY NIAMEY 3012
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 2272
RUEHRB/AMEMBASSY RABAT 0109
RUEHTRO/AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI 0444
RHMFIUU/USEUCOM

UNCLAS NDJAMENA 000856

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

RABAT FOR LEGAT, PARIS AND LONDON FOR AFRICA WATCHERS,
STATE FOR AF/C AND CA/OSC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC PTER CD LY
SUBJECT: GODBOLD CASE: RED CROSS REPORTS LIKELY RELEASE

REF: NDJAMENA 849

1. (SBU) International Red Cross Deputy Director Nikolai
Panke contacted Charge D'Affaires on November 5 to inform her
that he had spoken with MDJT splinter group leader Choa Dazi
by phone. Dazi told him that Amcit Cash Steven Godbold would
be released in the next couple of days. Dazi called Godbold a
"guest" (rather than a hostage.) Panke said that Dazi had
asked for Red Cross assistance in facilitating the transfer
and expressed concern about the security of his men. Neither
the location (nor the country) was specified. Panke will be
in touch with Government of Chad (GOC) authorities and with
Godbold's colleagues in N'Djamena to organize the handover.

2. (U) Tripoli minimize considered.
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