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Islamic State (IS)-linked Twitter accounts distributed a new video of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto Jogo, where he indicated that this is his final message, and unless the Jordanian government frees Sajida al-Rishawi within 24 hours, he and captive Jordanian pilot Mu’adh al-Kasasibah will be executed.

The 1 minute, 50 second video was posted on January 27, 2015, and like the first video of Kenji, does not have the usual branding of an IS media unit, and only features a picture of the captive and a voice attributed to him speaking English. He urged the Japanese government to put political pressure on Jordan to heed the IS’ demand for the prisoner exchange, and stated: “Anymore delays by the Jordanian government will mean they're responsible for the death of their pilot, which will then be followed by mine. I only have 24 hours left to live, and the pilot has even less. Please don't leave us to die. Anymore delaying tactics will simply see both of us getting killed. The ball is now in the Jordanian's court.”

Following is a transcript of the video:

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The second public message of "Kenji Goto Jogo" to his family and the government of Japan

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I'm Kenji Goto Jogo.

To Rinko, the people of Japan, and the Japanese government:

I've been told this is my last message, and I've also been told that the barrier of extracting my freedom is now just the Jordanian government delaying the handover of Sajida. Tell the Japanese government to put all their political pressure on Jordan. Time is now running very short. It is me for her. What seems to be so difficult to understand? She has been a prisoner for a decade, and I've only been a prisoner for a few months. Her for me. A straight exchange. Anymore delays by the Jordanian government will mean they're responsible for the death of their pilot, which will then be followed by mine. I only have 24 hours left to live, and the pilot has even less. Please don't leave us to die. Anymore delaying tactics will simply see both of us getting killed. The ball is now in the Jordanian's court.

 

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