Kidnapped Saudi diplomat appeals to king for his release

2012-10-18 08:54:46 GMT2012-10-18 16:54:46(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A Saudi diplomat held by al-Qaida in Yemen for more than seven months appealed Thursday in an online video to the Saudi king to secure his release.

Abdullah al-Khaledi, Saudi deputy consul in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, who was abducted by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) outside his residential building in Aden on March 28, appeared in a video tape posted on Islamist websites Thursday to appeal for help rescuing his life.

"I appeal to King Abdullah and his Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz to meet the demands of al-Qaida in order to keep me alive," al-Khaledi said in a four-minute video obtained by Xinhua.

"The Saudi government has made a good step by releasing a number of jailed women. I appeal to the Saudi officials to release the remaining female prisoners very soon as stipulated by al-Qaida to set me free," al-Khalidi said.

In April, the terrorist group demanded the release of militants in Saudi prisons in exchange for releasing al-Khaledi.

The middle-aged diplomat appeared in May in a four-minute video and made an emotional appeal to the Saudi king, saying that "my life is in your hands. I appeal to you to respond to the demands of al-Qaida and release those jailed women."

The Saudi authorities reopened its diplomatic mission in Yemen in July after three months of closure in protest against the kidnapping of al-Khaledi.

Editor: Mei Jingya
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