Boston minister, Everett woman freed in Egypt

| July 16, 2012

The son of an abducted Dorchester minister — released today after days of being held hostage in Egypt — said he is “exuberant” to hear that his father has been freed.

“I want to hear my father,” an emotional Rev. Jean Louis said at an impromptu press conference outside his family’s Dorchester home, where relatives and friends cheered the news of the Rev. Michel Louis’ release along with Lisa Alphonse of Everett and their tour guide, all of whom were taken captive by a disgruntled Bedouin late last week during a good will trip to Mount Sinai. The Bedouin hoped to use them as bargaining chips to secure the release of his uncle from the custody of the Egyptian security services.

“I am exuberant. I have no words to express,” said Jean Louis, who in brief remarks to gathered media thanked everyone from the U.S. government to Sen. Scott Brown and scores of well-wishers who supported his family.

The kidnapper, Jirmy Abu-Masuh, told the Associated Press he handed the three over to security officials near the northern Sinai city of el-Arish today after he was promised that authorities were working on his uncle’s release.

“We are a people of mercy and they don’t have anything to do with this,” Abu-Masuh said, referring to the Americans.

Gen. Ahmed Bakr, head of security in North Sinai province, confirmed the release and said the three were now in the protection of security officials in Sinai. In Washington, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell also confirmed their release and thanked Egyptian authorities.

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