Release of Dr Kenneth Elliott

  • Media release

I am very pleased to advise that Dr Kenneth Elliott has been released after more than seven years in captivity in West Africa. Dr Elliott is safe and well and has been reunited with his wife Jocelyn and their children.

The Australian Government, like the Elliott family, has worked tirelessly toward Dr Elliott's release.

We acknowledge the strength and resilience Dr Elliott and members of his family have shown through the most difficult of circumstances.

We extend our thanks to the Australian officials who have worked over many years to secure Dr Elliott's release and to provide support to his family.

Dr Elliott and his family have asked for privacy, and we ask that the media respect their wishes at this time.

The following is attributable is to the family of Dr Elliott:

“We wish to express our thanks to God and all who have continued to pray for us.

“We express our relief that Dr Elliott is free and thank the Australian Government and all who have been involved over time to secure his release. We also continue to pray for those still held and wish them freedom and safe return to their loved ones.

“At 88 years of age, and after many years away from home, Dr Elliott now needs time and privacy to rest and rebuild strength. We thank you for your understanding and sympathy.”

Media enquiries

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