BEIRUT, AUG. 14 -- The International Lions Club's top officer for Lebanon and Jordan was resting at home today after being released unharmed in a Syrian-policed suburb south of Beirut after 11 months in captivity.
"I was well treated," Victor Kano told reporters at his residence in Moslem west Beirut's Verdun district. "I thank all those who extended their efforts to try to win my freedom, especially the Syrians."
Kano, 51, was set free at Shweifat at 11:30 p.m. yesterday, police said.
He arrived at his home at 1:30 a.m. today, said his wife, Rose.
"I opened the door and he simply walked in," she said. "We were very happy to see him. He came in a taxi."
She said her husband arrived clean-shaven and wearing the same suit he had on the day he was kidnaped.
Kano said he did not know his captors and did not know where he was held.
A wealthy businessman who had headed the 39 Lions clubs in Lebanon and Jordan, Kano was abducted last Sept. 10 by three gunmen near the French Embassy compound in west Beirut's Rue Clemenceau.
No one has claimed responsibility for Kano's abduction. Police spokesmen have speculated that ransom was the motive, but none could confirm today whether a ransom had been paid.
A police spokesman quoted Rose Kano as saying she was grateful to Lebanese and Syrian authorities for helping win her husband's freedom.
Rose Kano said her husband was physically "in good shape." She would not discuss who might have abducted him or why.
Flanked by her son and daughter, she told reporters her husband was treated well by his kidnapers.
The house was crowded with well-wishers throughout the day.
Kano, a naturalized Lebanese of Syrian descent, runs a prosperous import-export business in both Moslem and Christian sectors of the divided Lebanese capital.
The Lions Clubs are among the few social institutions that maintained their existence despite the 12-year-old civil war in Lebanon.