Alleged kidnappers demanded EUR 100,000

19th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

19 August 2004, MADRID — Two Moroccans arrested on charges of kidnapping the son of a US businessman had been demanding EUR 100,000 for the boy's release, police said on Thursday.

19 August 2004

MADRID — Two Moroccans arrested on charges of kidnapping the son of a US businessman had been demanding EUR 100,000 for the boy's release, police said on Thursday.

Both are said to be former employees of the father, a US citizen of Arab descent living in the western Madrid suburb of Aravaca.

The youth, identified only as Sevan B., was held for four days in an apartment in the northeastern city of Girona before police found him on Tuesday night. He was allowed to leave hospital on Thursday morning.

According to police reports, Sevan contacted one of the two alleged kidnappers, Driss B, 49, on 13 August while travelling through Lerida. As they took some drinks together, the man apparently dropped a sleeping tablet into the youth's glass.

The other man arrested was named as Youssef B, aged 28, who lived in San Pedro de Alcántara in Malaga province.

Sevan told police he remembered nothing of the incident until he woke up chained by his head and feet in the apartment in Girona.

The same day he rang the legal representative of his father's company, imploring him to contact his father urgently.

Police found Sevan's car at the rail station car park in Girona on Tuesday evening. When they saw Driss and Youssef open the vehicle, they arrested them. Keys found on Driss fitted an apartment some 50 metres away where  Sevan was found..

Also Thursday, police in Alicante said they were questioning three men detained in connection with the kidnapping of a baby in the city the previous day.

The three, said to be the father of the baby, his brother and the partner of their mother, seized the child from its mother, only to be stopped almost immediately by the local police.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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