When terrorist organizations capture hostages, sometimes the captives' country tries to negotiate a deal, which often includes prisoner exchange. The "price" for such deals may be very high. For example, in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal, Israel released 1027 Arab prisoners in exchange to a single Israeli soldier.


  • Is there a country in which the "price" that the government is allowed to pay during prisoner exchange is bounded by law, for example, "a prisoner deal may only be in one-for-one ratio"?
  • Is there a country in which hostage deals are restricted by law in any other way?
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    In some countries (e.g. UK) the public stance is "we do not negotiate with terrorists" so a law which proscribes the details would be unusual. If it does happen it would be 'under the table'. Anyway, I don't see how any law could set out an equation along the lines of "X enemy terrorists = Y proud soldiers". Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 18:18
  • ... or a scale by rank, where one private is worth... one colonel is worth... X terrorists. Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 21:47
  • @WeatherVane Making proper change would certainly be an issue.
    – Sneftel
    Commented Nov 22, 2023 at 6:18


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