Ann T. Hápás
Jolo, Sulu [04.26.16] – The Abu Sayaff captors of “Samal Four” has executed one of their victim, John Ridsdel at 3:45 in the afternoon April 25, 2016 for failure to release the ransom money.
According to the source, the execution by beheading was carried out by the group of Ben Tatoh Sawadjaan in the forested area of Bud Bangkal, Patikul Sulu after the ultimatum to release the ransom money has failed.
Ridsdel’s decapitated head was brought by two unidentified persons believed in their early 20’s on board of a motorcycle without plate number in the corner of Mayor Sali Yusah and Sari Ahmad Isnani streets in downtown Jolo near Jolo Municipal Hall at 7:35 in the evening while the entire Jolo was under black out.
The decapitated head was wrapped in a plastic was immediately brought to a local hospital in downtown Jolo and was positively identified as John Ridsel’s head.
Ridsdel from Calgary, Canada together with his fellow Canadian Robert Hall, 50, Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina, Maritess Flor were abducted Holiday Oceanview Resort, Samal Island, Davao on September 25, 2015. [http://philexaminer.com/?p=1880]
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned on Monday the “cold-blooded murder” of Ridsdel and vowed close coopereation with the Philippine government to track down the bandits.