posted on Sep, 30 2004 @ 07:45 AM
The tape, released on Wednesday, showed Bigley squatting down in an iron cage and dressed in an orange jumpsuit of the sort worn by Muslims detained
at Guantanamo Bay.
In the grainy tape, the 62-year-old, who was shown kneeling and dressed in an orange boilersuit, pleaded personally to the Prime Minister as the
"only person on Godís earth" who can save his life.
"To Mr Blair, my name is Ken Bigley, from Liverpool. I think this is possibly my last chance, I donít want to die. I donít deserve and neither do the
women deserve to be in prison.
"Please, please release the female prisoners that are held in Iraqi prisons. Please help them. I need you to help me, Mr Blair because you are the
only person now on Godís earth that I can speak to. Please, please help me see my wife, who cannot go on without me."
In the 11-minute message, he said: "I think this is my last chance to speak. I donít want to die in Iraq, neither do the women in the prisons ... I
want to live, I want to live.
"Mr Blair, Iím nothing to you, just one person in the United Kingdom with a family like you ... You can help, I know you can. These people are not
asking for the world, theyíre asking for their wives, their mothers and children," Mr Bigley said.
"Please Mr Blair, show us some of the compassion that you say you have. The Iraqis donít like foreign troops walking their streets. Itís not right
and itís not fair. We need to pull the troops out," he added, sometimes rocking forward, his hands in his lap.
Bigley was quoted as saying: "Tony Blair is lying, lying when he says he's negotiating. My life is cheap. He doesn't care about me. All these
people want is the female Iraqi prisoners free. They don't want to kill me. They could have killed me a week, two, three weeks ago, whatever. All
they want is their sisters out of prison and back with their families where they belong".
The fresh pressure on Blair - who insists he is doing all he can while refusing to negotiate the insurgents' demands to free Iraqi female prisoners -
came as he sought to move on from Iraq and focus on domestic policy.
Video File from aljazeera
[edit on 30-9-2004 by fanoose]