By Jamal Adel.
Kufra, 13 September 2014:
Friends of Obari Solidarity Fund manager who was released on Thursday have been giving details of . . .[restrict]his ordeal, which, they claim, included starvation and beating.
Ramdan Amoud, who is a resident of Germa, was kidnapped on 26 August in Obari when armed men broke into his office, threatened the employees and abducted him.
“Amoud was released on Thursday by his kidnappers, showing signs of being beaten and psychologically devastated,” a friend of the victim and resident in Obari told the Libya Herald.
The kidnappers starved Amoud, giving him only water and juices, said a friend. It appeared that the abductors had two distinct motives. The first was a half a million dollar ransom but there was also a demand that they be given national ID numbers.
The friend said that Amoud had explained he could never have found the money. This seems to have convinced the kidnappers, who have not yet been identified, to release him.
National ID numbers have posed a significant problem for some in Libya who are not officially registered. Others, like the Tuaregs, Tebus and some Arab tribes such as the Al-Juwazi in the east and the Al-Nuwayel in the west, may be residing across the borders, in neighbouring countries, and are thus ineligible for ID numbers.