Wikipedia Update … WARREN RODWELL

Warren Richard Rodwell (born June 16, 1958 [60] Homebush NSW) [61] a former soldier [62] in the Australian Army, and university English teacher,[63] grew up in Tamworth NSW [64] He was shot through the right hand when seized [65] from his home at Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on December 5, 2011 [66] by Abu Sayyaf (ASG) militants.[67] Rodwell later had to have a finger amputated.[68]

The ASG threatened to behead Rodwell [69] if the original ransom demand for $US2 million was not paid.[70] Both the Philippine and Australian governments had strict policies of refusing to pay ransoms.[71] Australia formed a multi-agency task force to assist the Philippine authorities, and liaise with Rodwell’s family.[72] A news blackout was imposed.[73] Filipino politicians helped negotiate the release.[74] After the payment of $AUD94,000 [75] for “board and lodging” expenses [76] by his siblings, Rodwell was released 472 days later on March 23, 2013.[77] The incumbent Australian prime minister praised the Philippines government for securing Rodwell’s release. Tribute was also made to Australian officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Australian Federal Police and Defence. [78] Rodwell subsequently returned to Australia.[79]

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As part of the 2015 Australia Day Honours, Australian Army Lieutenant Colonel Paul Joseph Barta was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for outstanding devotion to duty as the Assistant Defence Attaché Manila during the Australian whole of government response to the Rodwell kidnap for ransom (and immediately following, the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan). At the 2015 Australian Federal Police Foundation Day award ceremony in Canberra, fourteen AFP members received the Commissioners’ Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct for their work in support of the Philippine National Police and Australian Government efforts to release Australian man Warren Rodwell.[80]

By the end of his 15 months as a hostage in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Rodwell had lost about 30 kilograms in weight due to starvation,[81] His biography 472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf – The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell by independent researcher Dr Robert (Bob) East was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom (2015) ISBN 1-4438-7058-7 [82]

In January 2015, Mindanao Examiner newspaper reported the arrest of Barahama Ali [83] kidnap gang sub-leaders linked to the kidnapping of Warren Rodwell, who was seized by at least 5 gunmen (disguised as policemen), and eventually handed over or sold by the kidnappers to the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province.[84]


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