Philippine military confirms release of kidnapped Swiss-Filipino

11:13, June 16, 2010      

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A septuagenarian Swiss-Filipino kidnapped by suspected terrorist Abu Sayyaf group in southern Philippines in April was freed at around 3 a.m. Wednesday, the military said.

Steffani Cacho, spokesperson of the military's Western Mindanao Command, told Xinhua by cellphone, "The victim is now undergoing medical checkup."

Cacho said that Rieth's release came just weeks after the kidnappers released a video of the frail-looking businessman and long-time Zamboanga resident pleading to be released.

Cacho said Rieth would be undergoing debriefing and further medical tests.

Unidentified gunmen seized him at his beachfront home in Zamboanga City on April 4 and the kidnappers demanded 20 million pesos (434,782 U.S. dollars) for his release. Authorities suspected the Al-Qaida linked Abu Sayaff group could be among the suspects.

"An investigation would be conducted," Cacho said.

Source: Xinhua


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