Video released with demands for exchange of BBC correspondent
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
The film contains no pictures of Mr. Johnston, but it shows a picture of Johnston's BBC ID card. The tape includes demands for the release of Muslims held in British jails and also readings from the Koran.
Alan Johnston was kidnapped on March 12, 2007 and has been held for over 8 weeks, the longest time for any foreigner in the Gaza Strip. The tape was delivered to al-Jazeera in Gaza and was made by a group calling itself Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam).
In response to this video, the BBC has said:
The tape does, however, have a specific demand - the demand being the release of Abu Qatada, a Palestinian born Islamic cleric who is suspected of close links to al-Qaeda and is currently held by the UK government as a threat to national security.
- "Palestinian group claims murder of BBC reporter" — Wikinews, April 15, 2007
- "BBC correspondent missing" — Wikinews, March 12, 2007
- "Demands issued on Johnston tape" — , May 9, 2007
- Sky News. "BBC Studies Tape From Johnston Kidnappers" — , May 9, 2007