Kidnappers Sue Hostage For Loss of Income
Warren Rodwell was released on Saturday after fifteen months in captivity after his brother used the proceeds from the sale of his house to meet the $94,000 ransom.
Abu Sayyaf, Mr Rodwell’s kidnappers, a militant Islamic group based in the Philippines, is threatening Mr Rodwell with court action after an internal audit revealed a shortfall between the ransom and the actual costs associated with keeping him in inhumane conditions for such a long period. A spokesman for Abu Sayyaf explained, via a video posted on YouTube, that had they been made aware of the problems with the survey on Mr Rodwell’s brother’s house at an earlier date they could have adjusted their demands accordingly.
After considering the evidence, a Sydney based lawyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, believes Abu Sayyaf have a strong case.