Shiraaz Mohamed kidnappers ask for $1.5m ransom

The group that kidnapped a South African journalist have made a ransom demand. Shiraaz Mohamed was abucted two years ago while working in Syria. Earlier this week a video surfaced showing him speaking and proving he was still alive.

JOHANNESBURG - The group that kidnapped a South African journalist have made a ransom demand.

Shiraaz Mohamed was abducted two years ago while working in Syria.

Earlier this week a video surfaced showing him speaking and proving he was still alive.

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Gift of The Givers' Founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman -- who has been involved with attempts to secure Mohamed's release -- related how in the week of the video release the family was contacted for a ransom of $1,5-million (R21,521-million).

"Somehow we have to convince them he has no money. I think they've got it in their head that there is money and their minds are fixed," Dr Sooliman said.

The Gift of the Givers are getting messages from religious leaders to appeal to the kidnappers on religious grounds but Sooliman stated that is not anticipated to work as they do not act out of religious fervour but for profit.

Source
eNCA