California IN BRIEF : SAN JOSE : Kidnaping Suspect's Family Apologizes

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The family of one of two suspects in the kidnaping of a Silicon Valley executive earlier this year has taken the unusual step of issuing a public apology to the victim's family. "We, the Alsayeh family, publicly extend our sincerest apology to the Geschke family for the kidnaping of Charles Geschke," read the ad in Saturday's editions of the San Jose Mercury News. Ahmad (Jack) Sayeh, 25, of Campbell is one of two men accused of kidnaping Geschke, the president of Adobe Systems Inc. in Mountain View, at gunpoint when the executive arrived at work May 26. Geschke spent five days as a captive before FBI agents rescued him from a house in Hollister. Sayeh, who has not entered a plea to charges of kidnaping for ransom and making terrorist threats, paid for the ad, which also refers to the kidnaping as a "senseless and unjustified act." Co-defendant Mouhannad Albukahari, 26, of San Jose pleaded guilty to both charges and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

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