British Hostage Pleads on Video for Blair to Meet Demands

British hostage Kenneth Bigley cried and pleaded for his life in a video posted today on an Islamic website. You can watch the video here.

The captive, Kenneth Bigley, appealed to British Prime Minister Tony Blair to intervene. ''I think this is possibly my last chance,'' he said. ''I don't want to die.''

As we wrote earlier, the Iraqi justice minister announced they would release one of the two female detainees on bail, only to be subsequently contradicted by a U.S. official.

a U.S. Embassy spokesman ruled out any immediate release. The two female scientists from Saddam's regime ''are in our legal and physical custody. Legal status of these two and many others is under constant review,'' the spokesman said.

A review of Dr. Germ and Mrs. Anthrax was already in progress at the time of the kidnappings. Authorities could decide to release the women for reasons other than the demands of the militants. But unless that happens very quickly, it may be too late for Mr. Bigley.

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