In the latest video released by the ISIS, it has been warned that the second Japanese hostage Kenji Goto would be executed within 24 hours, along with a Jordanian air force pilot. The short video has Goto appealing to the Jordanian government to release the Iraq war prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi.
Goto warns that he only has 24 hours to live and that a Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS militants after a warplane crashed near Raqqa, Syria last year, would have evern lesser time.
"Any more delays from the Jordanian government will mean they're responsible for the death of their pilot which will then be followed by mine. I only have 24 hours left to live. And the pilot has even less," he said, reports IBTimes UK.
Revealing that this would be his last message, Goto appears to say that the only barrier between him and freedom is the release of al-Rishawi, who has been jailed in Jordan for her alleged involvement in a series of 2005 hotel bombings in Amman during the Iraq war. Believed to be the sister of a top commander under a former leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Rishawi's belt of explosives had failed to detonate.
"Please don't leave us to die. Any delaying tactics will only see both of us getting killed. The ball is now in the Jordanian's court," Goto pleads to the Jordanian government. King Abdullah of Jordan had previously guaranteed that securing the safe return of fighter pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh "tops the country's priorities."
Goto's co-prisoner Haruna Yukawa was allegedly executed after the Japanese Government failed to pay the initial ransom of $200 million.