Businessman wants the government to secure his kidnapped son’s release [Archives:2008/1178/Local News]

August 4 2008

Almigdad Mojalli
SANA'A, Aug, 3 ) Tawfiq Al-Kameri, the president of Yemen Hotels & Investment Company and the father of hostage Omar Al-Khameri who was kidnapped by Bani Dhabyan tribe two weeks ago, denied any previous relationship with his son's kidnappers, though he said that they ask him for a ransom to release his 17-year-old son.

“I never knew them and what I know is that they want me to pay a ransom but I will never pay any money, and the state is responsible for releasing my son,” said Al-Khameri, who asked the kidnappers to bring him to court if they have any complaint against him or his brother Nabil.

He said that the kidnappers contact him everyday and inform him that they are willing to return his son at anytime if he pays the ransom, though he did not confirm that the ransom was the reported US$490,000. “I can kidnap many of them and I have the ability to release my son by many ways, but I will never deal with them by the laws of the jungle,” said Al-Khameri. “”There is a state