An elderly pastor who was kidnapped earlier this month by armed men dressed as Haitian National Police officers has reportedly been released. The 79-year-old pastor's ransom had been paid, but then his captors refused to release him.
Pastor Jean Pierre Ferrer Michel, a founding member of the church Jesus Center, was abducted on Oct. 3 by the 400 Mawozo gang. His release was announced Tuesday in a video posted on Facebook by his daughter.
The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that a ransom of $300,000 was paid in exchange for his release and another member of his congregation.
Délex Etienne, a Haitian communications consultant tweeted that an additional $250,000 was paid:
250,000 USD was paid on Monday evening for the release of Pastor Jean-Pierre Ferrer Michel and Norman Wiwner. An amount that is in addition to the 300,000 USD already delivered previously by their relatives has— Délex Etienne (@Delexetienne) October 26, 2021
CBN News previously reported that Michel's case was not getting very much attention from the international media, only in the local press.
Reprinted with permission from CBN.com. Copyright The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., All rights reserved.
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