Antilleans hold two suspects in kidnap case

29th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 September 2005 ,

29 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Two men have been arrested in the Netherlands Antilles in relation to the kidnapping of millionaire's daughter Claudia Melchers in Amsterdam.

Police in Amsterdam announced that the men were detained by officers on Curacao in the Caribbean in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The confirmation came after television news programme NOVA revealed on Wednesday evening that a suspect "known to the police" had been detained at the request of the Dutch authorities in Willemstad, the capital of Curacao.

He has previous convictions for drug dealing, NOVA said. It is expected he will be returned to the Netherlands shortly for questioning.

Earlier this week two people were arrested in Gelderland Province in the Netherlands by police officers investigating the kidnap.

A lawyer for one of the suspects, a woman, 40, denies she had anything to do with abduction. It was likely she will soon be released from custody, the lawyer said.

Claudia Melchers, the daughter of chemical wholesaler and multi-millionaire Hans Melchers, was snatched from her Amsterdam home by three men on 12 September.

The kidnappers left a note demanding a ransom of 300 kilos of cocaine. No ransom was paid and Melchers was freed by her captives unexpectedly in Arnhem two days later.

Hans Melchers has offered a reward of EUR 1 million for information leading to the capture and conviction of the kidnappers. He has made it clear he would never have paid the ransom.

The millionaire also criticised the police for not inspiring his confidence in the hours after the kidnap.

He hit out at the media for suggestions his family was in some way connected to drug dealing. Reports that he supplied chemicals to Saddam Hussein to make chemical weapons were also untrue, he said. The consignment was returned from Iraq without being delivered to Saddam.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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