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Gadhafi Appeals for Freedom of British Hostage in Iraq - 2004-10-06

Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi has appealed for the release of British engineer Kenneth Bigley, who was taken hostage in Iraq three weeks ago.

The official Libyan news agency, JANA, said Wednesday Mr. Gadhafi has asked to hear from Mr. Bigley's kidnappers if they have any conditions for his release. Mr. Gadhafi also urged the British government to work for the release of Iraqi women prisoners - a key demand of the kidnappers.

One of the Libyan leader's sons, Saif Gadhafi, said Tuesday he is using contacts within his charity organization to gain Mr. Bigley's freedom. He said he took action after being contacted by the Bigley family.

Kenneth Bigley was kidnapped September 16 in Baghdad, along with two Americans who were later beheaded