A motorist drives in Baalbek, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
BEIRUT: The family of a kidnapped Lebanese man pleaded for his release Friday, saying they could not afford to pay the ransom demanded by his captors.
Hasanein Sharafeddine was kidnapped on Nov. 3 while on a hunting trip in the mountainous areas of Nahle, a village in Baalbek.
At a news conference at their residence, Ali Sharafeddine, Hasanein’s father, recalled the kidnapping of his son by six masked men.
“Fifteen days after he was kidnapped we received a call from a Syrian number demanding $300,000 in ransom. We tried to locate where he was being held, whether here or Syria, but couldn’t find any clues,” he said.
Sharafeddine asked General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim to help them in securing the safe release of his son, noting that Ibrahim was in constant contact with them.
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