German hostage of Abu Sayyaf pleads for help

Image capture of video by Abu Sayyaf via Facebook

• The German captive of the Abu Sayyaf Group pleaded for help
• In a video, Jeurgen Kantner, urged the Philippine and German governments to help raise the ransom demanded by the bandits
• The bandits are reportedly demanding P500 million in exchange for Kantner’s freedom

A video of the German hostage of the Abu Sayyaf Group briefly circulated online, showing the captive asking for help.

Inquirer notes that the video briefly circulated on Facebook. It showed Jeurgen Kantner urging the Philippine and German governments to raise the amount being demanded by his abductors.

The voice of the bandits’ spokesman, Muammar Askali also known as Abu Rahmi, can be heard in the background, prodding Kantner to speak before the camera.

Askali, who noticed Kantner was not giving them his correct details, said they are giving their captive a chance to contact his relatives.

“He said he was never kidnapped, and that he was not the person kidnapped in Somalia in 2008,” Askali said, referring to an earlier report by Agence France-Presse that said the German national was a******d by Somali pirates in 2008.

Saying they monitor online news, Askali warned that they will not have second thoughts on inflicting harm to Kantner if he will be caught lying again.

“We hate lying. If we found this German citizen lying to us, we will not have second thoughts about hurting him. We monitor online news,”Askali warned.

Askali said they will call local and international media outfits to announce the deadline for paying the ransom. He then addressed the German government: “We hold your citizen captive and it is permitted in Islam to take his blood and life.”

The Abu Sayyaf is reportedly asking for P500 million in exchange for Kantner’s freedom.