Police arrest two in hunt for kidnappers

27th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police have arrested two people in relation to the kidnapping of Claudia Melchers, 37, earlier this month.

27 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Police have arrested two people in relation to the kidnapping of Claudia Melchers, 37, earlier this month.

Her father is a multimillionaire but the kidnappers demanded a Ransom of 300 kilos of cocaine instead of money. They released Melchers unexpectedly after a two-day ordeal. No ransom was paid.

The Public Prosecutor's Office in Amsterdam confirmed that two people had been arrested in Gelderland Province at 7am on Tuesday on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping. "We don't rule out more arrests will follow," a spokesperson said.

The police are not giving more details for the "good of the investigation".

Earlier on Tuesday, investigators disclosed that the kidnappers held Melchers in a home in Stroombroek vacation park in Braamt, Gelderland. The safe house was discovered by police last week.

It was rented out on 5 September and Claudia Melchers was snatched from her home in Amsterdam by three English-speaking men seven days later. She was released in Arnhem on 14 September.

On Monday, the victim's father, Hans Melchers, offered a EUR 1 million reward for information leading to the capture of the men responsible for the kidnapping.

Hans Melchers is the owner of Melchemie Holland, a wholesale business trading in artificial fertiliser and chemicals.

He has previously denied selling chemicals which were used by Saddam Hussein to make poison gas.

The businessman is estimated to be worth EUR 460 million and stands at number 36 in the list drawn up by Quote magazine of the 500 richest people in the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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