The British journalist, who has not been named, and his interpreter were seized from a hotel in the centre of Basra last week. The interpreter was freed on Wednesday and negotiators had been confident the journalist would also be quickly released.
Asked what the stumbling block was, Hareth Al Athari, a spokesman for leader Moqtada Al Sadr said: 'Finding the right place and the right time.'
Athari, the head of the cleric's Basra office which has been involved in the negotiations, said the kidnappers were wary of being caught by police when handing over the reporter.
He added the kidnappers' identities were still not known.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Şubat 2008, 18:05