A prominent Kuwaiti businessman kidnapped in
the Philippines on a $500,000 ransom has been freed, according to Kuwait state
Al-Kandari was rescued by Filipino authorities on Wednesday and was in good
He was being
questioned about his ordeal before he would be handed over to Kuwaiti diplomats
in the country and eventually returned home.
was taken in Manila in August. It was not revealed whether the ransom was paid
to secure his freedom.
kidnapping followed the murder of a Bahraini banker in neighbouring Malaysia.
old Hussain Ahmad Najadi, founder of Malaysia’s fifth largest bank, Arab
Malaysian Banking Group, was gunned down in the capital Kuala Lumpur on July
murder was the third attack on high profile figures in Malaysia in recent
months, following the deaths of a senior customs official and anti-crime
activist in similar circumstances.
women and a man have reportedly been detained in relation to Najadi’s murder.