Iraq: Relatives of hostage plead for his release

The daughter and brother of a French engineer taken hostage in Iraq pleaded for his release in an interview with an Arab TV news channel. Bernard Planche, who worked for a non-governmental organization called AACCESS, was kidnapped Dec. 5 on his way to work at a Baghdad water plant. "He came to help the reconstruction for the Iraqi people. We have faith and are sure that you won't hurt him," his daughter Isabelle said on Al-Arabiya network in comments broadcast late Thursday. "Please free him. He's my father and I love him," she said, sitting alongside Planche's brother, Gilles. Excerpts of the interview aired Friday on French TV.