By Libya Herald staff.
Cairo, 31 October 2014:
The head of the office for the Libyan Deputy . . .[restrict]Minister of Housing was kidnapped Wednesday while on a personal trip to Cairo and released 12 hours later.
Ibrahim Zeeni was abducted by at least seven men after leaving his home in Giza and held in a flat in Al-Haram. He was first reported missing by an Egyptian news outlet just after noon.
According to Egyptian security sources, it has been quite difficult to ascertain the facts of the case. Initial interrogations reportedly revealed a convoluted tale about a mistress, money and jealousy.
It has been alleged that Zeeni met a woman, said to be a singer, in a cafe in Cairo and became involved with her. He rented a flat for her in Mohandiseen and lavished expensive gifts on her.
It is said that a female friend of the woman became jealous of all the gifts and attention her friend was receiving and concocted a plan to kidnap the man and demand a ransom.
A friend of the victim told the Egyptian news agency that he had been contacted about ransom. They called a Libyan friend of the victim to demand the money. He reported this to authorities who were able to arrest the suspects.
The seven accused, including the female friend, are reported Egyptians and Jordanians. Investigators say they expect to prosecute the suspects.