By Noora Ibrahim.
Benghazi, 3 May 2104:
A ransom demand of $5 million has been made for lawyer Fahad . . .[restrict]Jamal Abdulsaid Ismail who was kidnapped in Benghazi two days ago, his family said today.
Ismail, who works in the prosecutor’s office dealing with police cases, had campaigned unsuccessfully as a candidate in the city’s municipal elections last month.
It is not yet clear if the demand is genuine or if the abduction was politically motivated. The family say, however, that they cannot afford such as sum and that they are not rich.
Early this morning, there was another kidnapping with a political angle in the city. Jaafar Bayou, the 16-year-old son of an aspiring local political figure Mohamed Omar Bayou, was seized as he left a mosque in Fuwayhat district after dawn prayers.
Again, it is not known whether the abduction of the young man, a student at the Abu Bakr al-Razi High School of Science and Engineering, was financially or politically motivated. His father is a member of the Watan Party. [/restrict]