Waikato University law professor Al Gillespie says the Government was right not to pay a ransom for Red Cross nurse Louisa Akavi. She was abducted in October 2013 by the terrorist group while travelling in a Red Cross convoy in north-western Syria.
Professor Gillespie talks to Newstalk ZB's Heather du Plessis-Allan about ransoms, whether Akavi should have been named and whether he thinks she is still alive. He says he's keeping his fingers crossed, but not holding his breath.
LISTEN ABOVE AS PROFESSOR AL GILLESPIE SPEAKS TO HEATHER DU PLESSIS-ALLAN