Kidnapped on her birthday
Friday, December 8 2006
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KIDNAPPED: Debbie Ali...
“PLEASE, I want Debbie back,” a tearful Ashmeed Ali cried as he pleaded yesterday at his Couva home to the kidnappers of his wife, to release her. “I am willing to negotiate with you, all I want is a telephone call.”
Ali, a pilot at BWIA, said yesterday he had not heard from the men who snatched his wife on Tuesday — the day she celebrated her 36th birthday, at Sygus and Latania Streets, Roystonia Gardens.
Ali confirmed that the kidnappers telephoned him on Tuesday demanding $1M for her safe release. The couple have two children — aged seven and five. Ali said that since Tuesday, he has not received any further calls. He told Newsday that when he and his children returned home at about 2 pm on Tuesday, they found the front door broken down and the living room and bedrooms ransacked. Several items were missing and Debbie was not in the house.
The couple has been married for nine years.
Recalling his last minutes with Debbie, Ali said, “My wife and I had breakfast on Tuesday morning and I took the kids shopping.
I cannot imagine what time my wife was kidnapped because we spoke numerous times on the telephone while I was out.”
Ali said that when he and his children were walking up the stairs to the house, he thought of giving her a surprise.
“I said to myself that I will take my wife for lunch, but she was nowhere to be seen. I just do not know what to say,” Ali said.
He said the children who have been staying at a relative’s home were not told that their mother was kidnapped.
“I have not told them what happened, but they know something is wrong because they continue asking for their mother,” Ali said.
The distraught man appealed to the kidnappers to purchase medication for his wife saying she suffers from sinusitis.
Members of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad are conducting investigations.