Former British Hostage Jack Mann Leaves Hospital
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ Jack Mann, a former British hostage held in Lebanon, was released from a British military hospital in Cyprus on Friday after spending nearly a month being treated for pneumonia.
Mann, 77, was still ″quite frail″ when he left St. Mary’s hospital at the British Sovereign Base of Akrotiri in southern Cyprus, said Maj. Rocky Hitchcock, the base spokesman.
Mann left the hospital accompanied by his wife, Sunnie, and was expected to convalesce at home in Nicosia, Hitchcock said.
Hitchcock denied reports that Mann had been treated for tuberculosis, but said the former hostage had lost a lot of weight during his hospital stay. Mann was hospitalized on Jan. 12.
He was kidnapped by Shiite Muslims in Lebanon on May 12, 1989, and freed on Sept. 24.
Mann had worked as an airline pilot for Lebanon’s national Middle East Airlines and then retired in Beirut.