Kidnapped reporter's mother makes plea

Jan. 19, 2006 at 8:13 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The mother of kidnapped reporter Jill Carroll made a passionate appeal to her abductors in Iraq to free her on Thursday, a day before their execution deadline.

Speaking on CNN, Mary Beth Carroll pleaded for the return of her 28-year-old daughter, who was abducted at gunpoint in Baghdad on Jan. 7.

"Jill has always shown the highest respect for the Iraqi people and their customs," Carroll said. "We hope that her captors will show Jill the same respect in return. Taking vengeance on my innocent daughter who loves Iraq and its people will not create justice."

Jackie Spinner of The Washington Post, to which Carroll has contributed, said the freelance writer respected Iraqi customs, and always spoke Arabic in public and always wore a head scarf when she went out.

On Tuesday, an Arabic television network aired video without sound of the weary-looking reporter, and said she would be killed within 72 hours if Iraqi women imprisoned by coalition forces weren't released.

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