A Japanese hostage being held by ISIS says he has just 24 hours to live, unless a female suicide bomber is released from jail.
Journalist Kenji Goto appeared in a new video released by Islamic State today, just days after his fellow Japanese captive Haruna Yukawa was beheaded by the brutal regime.
In the latest film, a still image show Goto clutching a photo of a Jordanian pilot – Muath al-Kaseasbeh – who was captured by IS late last year.
A voiceover which appears to be Goto then says: “I only have 24 hours left to live… and the pilot has even less. Please don’t leave us to die.”
The voiceover goes on to say that Jordan is stopping Goto’s release by refusing to free Sajida al-Rishawi – a female terrorist who has been on death row since 2006 after a failed suicide bombing.
Goto adds: “Tell the Japanese government to put all their political pressure on Jordan.”
“Time is now running very short.”
“It is me for her. What seems to be so difficult to understand?”
“Any more delays by the Jordanian government will mean they are responsible for the death of their pilot, which will then be followed by mine … The ball is now in the Jordanians’ court.”
Murdered: Haruna Yukawa was beheaded by ISIS over the weekend
Japan has said tonight that it will renew its request for Jordan to help secure Goto’s swift release.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said: “The Japanese government in this extremely severe situation has asked for collaboration from the Jordanian government to help secure the release of Kenji Goto swiftly. There’s no change to this stance.”
This video comes after the release of another on Saturday, in which Goto announced that ISIS had executed his fellow captive Yukawa, who was seized in August.
That video showed Goto holding a photograph that appeared to show an executed Yukawa.