June 03, 2014
AQIM Sends Video of French Hostage to Dubai Television Station
The video showed Serge Lazarevic, who was abducted in 2011, appealing to French President Francois Hollande to secure his release.We pray for his unconditional and immediate release.
In the video, Mr Lazarevic said he was speaking on 13 May. French officials say they are studying the footage.
The 50-year-old was abducted with another Frenchman, Philippe Verdon, who was killed in Mali last year.
"I take this opportunity today May 13, 2014, to call on Francois Hollande, the president of France, to do everything to negotiate my release," Mr Lazarevic said in the video, speaking in French.
Mr Lazarevic, a dual French and Serbian national, wore a black turban and was accompanied by two gunmen.