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Sydney radio and television stations say hostages inside the Lindt cafe have contacted them to pass on demands from the man holding them at gunpoint in Martin Place.
Channel Nine, Channel Ten, 2GB and 2UE reported contact from the hostages.
Broadcaster Ray Hadley said they had spoken on the phone to hostages being held inside the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place.
Hadley said on 2GB that the male hostage was “remarkably calm” when relaying information over the phone from the gunman about 1pm on Monday.
Hadley said he could hear the gunman talking in the background during the phone conversation.
The gunman wanted the hostage to speak live on radio, a demand that Hadley said he refused.
“I wouldn’t allow that to happen,” Hadley told his listeners.
“I told the hostage it would not be in his best interest or my best interest to allow that to happen because I’m not a trained negotiator, I don’t have any expertise in this, there are people who will talk to both the hostages and the person holding the hostages and they will be knowing what to do.”
Hadley said he had spoken to NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione about the phone call, and Mr Scipione had agreed that he shouldn’t allow the hostage to speak on air.
Hadley claimed the gunman was talking about “other operatives being involved”, and said he was instructed to call back on the same number in 10 minutes.
“They talked about a password they would give me in 10 minutes. I have no idea what that means, what it’s about,” Hadley said.
“I could hear the person in the background giving instructions to the young man I was talking to.
“The young man, remarkably, was quite calm, quite calm, and he was quite happy for us to have his phone number and said ‘I want you to ring me back in 10 minutes for further instructions from the man holding us hostage.’ “
Police have not confirmed Hadley’s claims.