Australian readies charges against Philippine kidnappers

Featured Oceania South East Asia - April 2nd, 2013

An Australian man recently freed after being held in captivity for 15 months in the Philippines is set to press charges against his kidnappers.

Warren Rodwell, 54, met with a Philippine prosecutor on Monday and recounted his ordeal in the hands of Islamic extremists in the lawless islands of the southern Philippines, reports AFP.

“This is to process the investigation of the case. The statement can be used by the PNP (Philippine National Police) to pursue a complaint,” said assistant prosecutor Aristotle Reyes at the Justice Department in Manila.

Rodwell was abducted in December 2011 from his home in a coastal town on Mindanao island by Abu Sayyaf militants. His captors demanded a $2 million ransom.

A deeply emaciated Rodwell was seen released on March 23 after his family reportedly paid a ransom, albeit much lower than the initially demanded price.