Ex-Haiti international soccer player Johnny Descollines's kidnappers set him free.

Kidnappers released Johnny Descollines, a former international soccer player, early Friday morning, according to Juno7.

Descollines was kidnapped on Wednesday night after his vehicle broke down in Port-au-Prince’s Delmas 33. The kidnappers called his wife and demanded a $500,000 ransom.

Descollines' ex-teammates, in turn, demanded his unconditional release and planned to hold a protest demonstration on Champs-de-Mars. They also called on the National Soccer Federation to stop the national championship which is underway until Descolines’ release.

It is unclear if any ransom was paid.

Descollines is the second prominent person this week to be kidnapped. Wolf Hall, president of Titi Loto & T-Sound lottery organization, was kidnapped on Tuesday and is still being held. “Ti Lapli,” a G9 Family and Allies leader, said on a radio broadcast that he kidnapped Hall. Source

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for Go West Now. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining Go West Now in 2019.

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