By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 14 June 2014:
Kidnappers released an Obari bank employee unharmed after 24 hours, apparently accepting that the family could . . .[restrict]not afford the ransom they had demanded.
“Zeidan Al-Sadiq Mohammed Al-Busaify, employee at the Commercial bank in Obari was kidnapped by four gunmen on his way to his farm on Wednesday,” a relative of the victim told the Libya Herald.
A car followed the victim from his home and intercepted him at the entrance to the farm road. “The men forced him to stop and took him to an unknown location,” said the relative.
“In the evening we managed to contact the kidnappers, who demanded a ransom to release him, but it was impossible for us even to collect a quarter of what they were demanding we pay,” explained the relative. “When the kidnapers realised that we could never afford the amount they were demanding they set him free on Thursday evening.”
“I don’t know what happened at the time, but I’m fine now,” Busaify told this paper.
Conflicting reports suggest that ex-revolutionaries who now operate in uncontrolled militias are seizing bank employees to demand ransoms.
There was another abduction of a former bank employee on the same day that Busaify was released. “I suspect the kidnappers of each are the same group,” said Busaify’s relative. [/restrict]