Pastor Michel Louis
A Bedouin tribesman is threatening to kill two Americans he kidnapped Friday in Egypt's Sinai Desert if he's arrested.
Jirmy Abu-Masuh, 32, of the Tarbeen tribe, said in an interview that the Americans are being treated well — they've been given tea and a traditional Bedouin meal of lamb — but they won't be released until his uncle, who is in an Egyptian prison, is released as well. His uncle was taken into custody for refusing to pay 100 dollars in a bribe to police officers at a check point, reports ABC News.
Abu-Masuh warned Saturday that if the authorities try to arrest him, he will kill the hostages, and if his uncle is not released, he will abduct more people and treat the Americans as prisoners, which could mean leaving them out in the desert.
"If my uncle gets 50 years (in prison), they will stay with me for 50 years. If they release him, I will release them," he told the AP Saturday. "Tomorrow I will kidnap other nationalities and their embassies will be notified for the whole world to know."
The two Americans who were kidnapped at gunpoint Friday are 61-year-old Michel Louis, the pastor of the Free Pentecostal Church of God in Dorchester, Mass., and 39-year-old Lisa Alphonse. Louis' son said his father has diabetes and may require medical attention soon.