Pastor kidnapped in Egypt

Jul 16 2012 - 9:48am

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The Rev. Jean Louis, son of the Rev. Michel Louis who was kidnapped, joins parishioners as they pray for his safe return, Sunday, July 15, 2012, at Pentecostal Church of God in Boston. Rev. Louis was on a church trip to retrace Jesus' steps through the Holy Land with 23 other members of the clergy and worshippers when he was abducted in Egypt. Along with him, a 39-year-old Boston woman in the group and a tour guide were kidnapped in broad daylight Friday. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
his undated photo provided Sunday, July 15, 2012, by Rose Dorgilus, on behalf of the Louis family, shows the Rev. Michel Louis, pastor of the Free Pentecostal Church of God in Boston. Rev. Louis was abducted Saturday with two others in Egypt while touring with a church group. (AP Photo/Family of the Rev. Michel Louis)
Parishioners pray for the safe return of Rev. Michel Louis, Sunday, July 15, 2012, at Pentecostal Church of God in Boston. Louis was on a church trip in Egypt to retrace Jesus' steps through the Holy Land with 23 other members of the clergy and worshippers when he was abducted. Along with him, a 39-year-old Boston woman in the group and a tour guide were kidnapped in broad daylight Friday. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
Parishioners leave the Free Pentecosta Church of God in Boston, Sunday, July 15, 2012. The church's Rev. Michel Louis was on a trip to retrace Jesus' steps through the Holy Land with 23 other members of the clergy and worshippers when he was abducted. Along with him, a 39-year-old Boston woman in the group and a tour guide were kidnapped in broad daylight Friday. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
Rev. Jean Louis, right, son of kidnapped Rev. Michel Louis, speaks to the media, Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Boston. Louis spoke to reporters after a church service in Boston's Dorchester neighbourhood to pray for the 61-year-old pastor. He says his father was on a church trip with 23 other members of the clergy and worshippers when he was abducted on Friday. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
The Rev. Jean Louis, son of the Rev. Michel Louis who was kidnapped, joins parishioners as they pray for his safe return, Sunday, July 15, 2012, at Pentecostal Church of God in Boston. Rev. Louis was on a church trip to retrace Jesus' steps through the Holy Land with 23 other members of the clergy and worshippers when he was abducted in Egypt. Along with him, a 39-year-old Boston woman in the group and a tour guide were kidnapped in broad daylight Friday. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
his undated photo provided Sunday, July 15, 2012, by Rose Dorgilus, on behalf of the Louis family, shows the Rev. Michel Louis, pastor of the Free Pentecostal Church of God in Boston. Rev. Louis was abducted Saturday with two others in Egypt while touring with a church group. (AP Photo/Family of the Rev. Michel Louis)
Parishioners pray for the safe return of Rev. Michel Louis, Sunday, July 15, 2012, at Pentecostal Church of God in Boston. Louis was on a church trip in Egypt to retrace Jesus' steps through the Holy Land with 23 other members of the clergy and worshippers when he was abducted. Along with him, a 39-year-old Boston woman in the group and a tour guide were kidnapped in broad daylight Friday. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
Parishioners leave the Free Pentecosta Church of God in Boston, Sunday, July 15, 2012. The church's Rev. Michel Louis was on a trip to retrace Jesus' steps through the Holy Land with 23 other members of the clergy and worshippers when he was abducted. Along with him, a 39-year-old Boston woman in the group and a tour guide were kidnapped in broad daylight Friday. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
Rev. Jean Louis, right, son of kidnapped Rev. Michel Louis, speaks to the media, Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Boston. Louis spoke to reporters after a church service in Boston's Dorchester neighbourhood to pray for the 61-year-old pastor. He says his father was on a church trip with 23 other members of the clergy and worshippers when he was abducted on Friday. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

BOSTON -- While family and church members prayed Sunday for the Boston Pentecostal pastor kidnapped with two others in Egypt, their abductor said he has had conversations with intelligence officials about their release.

Jirmy Abu-Mashu told The Associated Press he kidnapped the Rev. Michel Louis and two others off a bus on a road between Cairo and Mount Sinai on Friday, and is demanding police release his uncle from prison. He said his uncle was jailed after refusing to pay a bribe to police.

He said two intelligence officials came to his home Saturday to negotiate the captives' release. During that meeting, he said, he relocated the pastor and the two other captives -- a 39-year-old Boston woman who was traveling with the same church group and a tour guide. He said he returned the three to his home when the officials left.

The 61-year-old pastor, who is diabetic, left his medicine on the bus and security officials will have to help with getting it, Abu-Mashu said. He said Michel was tired and was sleeping a lot. He would not allow the AP to talk with the Americans.

Abu-Mashu also said that his imprisoned uncle is diabetic and claimed his relative was not getting the medical assistance he needs.

Meanwhile, a senior U.S. official said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton brought up the case of the two kidnapped Americans when she met with her Egyptian counterpart in Cairo on Saturday.

Louis' son said Sunday his father had natural medicine to treat his diabetes when he was taken, but he had no other information about his condition.

The Rev. Jean Louis said he does not know if or when his father may be released, and he is concerned about his safety and health.

He spoke to reporters after a church service in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood to pray for the captives. He said his father was on a church trip with 23 other members of the clergy and worshippers when he was abducted.

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Batrawy contributed to this report from Cairo, Egypt.

 

 

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