One of Afghanistan’s most prominent psychiatrists, who was abducted by gunmen in September, has been found dead, his family has confirmed.
Dr. Nader Alemi’s daughter, Manizheh Abreen, said her father had been tortured before he died.
“Yesterday we paid $ 350,000 [£260,400] to the abductors and they promised to release my father today. But this morning we have received his dead body instead. “
Alemi, 66, who opened the country’s first private psychiatric hospital, was abducted in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif after his car was stopped as he was being driven home from work.
He had received threatening calls and messages in the months before his abduction.
The kidnappers initially demanded a ransom of $ 800,000 (£ 600,000).
Abreen said: “They asked us to sell our house and hospital and we negotiated with them and asked that no one would buy property in this situation. They did not listen. We collected money from our friends and family and sold the cars and jewelry , we had.
“We could only afford so much [$350,000]. Our father was old and he suffered from diabetes, but the brutal people did not care. “
Abreen said her father’s body showed clear signs of torture.
Alemi was a prominent figure in Mazar-i-Sharif, where he opened his hospital. He was believed to be the only Pashto-speaking psychiatrist in northern Afghanistan, and his patients had included Taliban fighters.
Dr. Khan Murad Muradi, one of the doctors at Alemi’s hospital, said he was a “kind-hearted man”.
He said: “Nobody feels safe here in Mazar-i-Sharif.”
An Afghan human rights activist, who refused to be named for security reasons, said: “The escorts and killers should be held accountable and the Taliban should provide security for the people of Afghanistan.”