Waite set to speak in city

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FORMER Middle East hostage Terry Waite is to speak in Edinburgh next week.

He will give the Sacro annual lecture on the theme of Compassion and Justice at Edinburgh University’s Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge on Tuesday at 6pm.

In the 1980s, Mr Waite successfully negotiated the release of hostages in Iran and Libya as an envoy for the Church of England and was in Lebanon trying to secure the release of four hostages when he was himself taken captive in 1987 and held until 1991.

He is a patron of several bodies in the criminal justice field.