Egyptian to be set free on Sunday

An Egyptian driver held in Iraq will be released on Sunday, his Saudi employer said.

    The driver's Saudi employer had complied with the demands

    "The kidnappers called me a few minutes ago saying that they have decided to release him tomorrow morning," said Faisal bin Ali al-Nahait, whose company carries the same name.

    He told reporters an unidentified caller telephoned from Iraq to tell him Egyptian truck driver Muhammad al-Gharabawi "would be freed tomorrow".

    "They will call me tomorrow [Sunday] to inform me of the place," where al-Gharabawi will be set free, Nuhait added.

    Al-Nahait had announced on Wednesday he would comply with the captors' demands in order to save al-Gharabawi's life.

    The company confirmed on Friday it had ended all its operations in Iraq and withdrawn its vehicles.

    Al-Nahait provides trucks and drivers to the Saudi Arabian al-Jari transport company, which is licensed to ferry oil shipments to Iraq through the Arar border crossing.

    A group holding Gharabawi issued a statement late on Thursday, giving the Saudi employers an extra 48 hours to leave the country and spare his life.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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