Biden to sign executive order on Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad


By Shannon K. Crawford, Ben Gittleson, and Morgan Winsor
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., July 8, 2022. Evan Vucci/AP, File

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Tuesday that codifies a 2020 law dealing with Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad.

Drawing on the 2020 Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act, the new executive order will reinforce the U.S. government's efforts to support families of Americans wrongfully detained or held hostage overseas, according to the White House.

The order will authorize the federal government to impose financial sanctions on those who are involved -- directly or indirectly -- in wrongful detaining Americans abroad, the White House said. Moreover, government agencies will be directed to improve engagement with those Americans' families, including sharing intelligence information about their loved ones and the government’s efforts to free them.. The order will also charge experts across agencies with developing "options and strategies to deter future hostage-takings," the White House said.

Publish : 2022-07-19 19:15:00

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