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Families of dead Chechnya hostages sue employer

The families of three telecommunications engineers who were kidnapped, held hostage for ransom and later executed and beheaded in Chechnya will go to the high court today to seek more than £1m in compensation from their former employers. The families of Darren Hickey, Rudi Petschi and Stan Shaw allege that Granger Telecom of Weybridge, Surrey, was grossly negligent in sending the men to Grozny, capital of the war-torn breakaway Soviet republic, in September 1998. Mr Hickey, 26, from Thames Ditton, Surrey, Mr Petschi, 42, from Cullompton, Devon, and New Zealander Mr Shaw, 58, had been sent by Granger to install a radio telephone system throughout the republic under a contract potentially worth $300m (£183m). Full Story

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