Two Syrians arrested in Barcelona
16 August 2007, MADRID (EFE) – Two Syrians have been arrested in Barcelona for the kidnapping of a 32-year-old Canadian in Syria, Spanish police said on Thursday.
16 August 2007
MADRID (EFE) – Two Syrians have been arrested in Barcelona for the kidnapping of a 32-year-old Canadian in Syria, Spanish police said on Thursday.
Jacqueline Nicole Viennau went missing on 31 March in Hama in Syria where she was travelling and her family offered CAD 20,000 for information about her whereabouts.
A Syrian man contacted the family by email saying he knew where Jacqueline was being kept and could help negotiate her release in return for the reward.
He told the family not to inform the police or Jacqueline's life would be at risk. In the last email the family was told Jacqueline would be freed in a few days.
Police investigated the origin of the emails and discovered they came from a flat in Calle Casanova in Barcelona.
Two men had stolen mail from a neighbour at the block of flats and used the neighbour's bank details to pay for an internet line from which the emails were sent.
Police are now investigating whether the men are involved in the kidnapping and acting as spokesmen for the kidnappers or whether they had nothing to do with the case but saw an opportunity to extract money from the family.
(Copyright EFE with Expatica)
Subject: Spanish news