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Aid Worker Won't Appear for Kidnap Case

An American aid worker kidnapped two years ago has declined to appear at the trial of two Chechens accused of abducting him, citing security concerns, a judge said Monday. Kenneth Gluck, of New York City, was abducted in 2001 when he was head of the North Caucasus mission of the Dutch branch of Medecins sans Frontieres. He was held for 25 days before his sudden release. Gluck is now in Iraq working with Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors without Borders. The trial of Magomed Gakayev and Ayub Katayev is in the southern Russian city of Rostov on Don, about 550 miles south of Moscow. Gakayev and Katayev are charged with kidnapping, terrorism and participation in illegal armed groups in connection with the abduction. If convicted, they face up to 25 years in prison. Full Story

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