New suspect held over German billionaire's coffin theft

10th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

The suspect was arrested at a friend's house in the central town of Turia over the coffin kidnapping, part of a scam to extort a multi-million-euro ransom from the late billionaire’s family.

Bucharest -- Police in Romania Tuesday arrested a new suspect over the theft-for-ransom of the coffin and remains of late German billionaire Friedrich Karl Flick, which were recovered last month in Hungary.

The 44-year-old Romanian, named as Laszlo F., was arrested at a friend's house in the central town of Turia over the coffin kidnapping, part of a scam to extort a multi-million-euro ransom from his family, regional police said.

An European warrant was issued for the arrest of the suspect, who usually works in Hungary, a police spokeswoman told AFP. A Romanian appeal court is due to rule on his possible transfer to Hungary.

Flick, who died aged 79 in 2006, was ranked the world's 94th richest person at the time of his death, according to Forbes magazine.

Stolen in November 2008 from a mausoleum in southern Austria, his remains were recovered late last month in Budapest, where two Hungarians were arrested including a lawyer who is the gang's suspected leader.

Austrian police said at the time the gang had sought a six-million-euro ransom from the billionaire's family, and that they had extracted two payments of 100,000 euros each.

Police tracked down the suspects on the basis of email messages sent from a hotel near a Budapest train station.

Frick's coffin and the remains have been returned to his family.

AFP/Expatica

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