Police reject drug dealing claim in kidnapping

16th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — The police had received 72 potential tips by Friday about the gang responsible for the kidnapping of multimillionaire's daughter Claudia Melchers.

16 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — The police had received 72 potential tips by Friday about the gang responsible for the kidnapping of multimillionaire's daughter Claudia Melchers.

The public response came after the head of the investigation Willem Woelders during a press conference on Thursday.

Melchers, 37, was snatched at gunpoint from her Amsterdam home at 10.30pm on Monday. She was released unexpectedly in Arnhem on Wednesday evening.

The kidnappers left  letter in her home in which they demanded 300 kilos of cocaine for her safe return. The family and police say no ransom was paid.

The victim's father Hans Melchers owns a wholesale chemical company, He has denied accusations in the past that he supplied Saddam Hussein with chemicals used in weapons of mass destruction.

The bizarre ransom demand gave rise to speculation in the media that the Melchers family is in some way involved in cocaine dealing. The police made clear on Friday that they do not take these allegations seriously.

A 60-member team of detectives is sorting through the tips from the public to see if some will help them identify the men behind the kidnapping.

Claudia Melchers has described them as two men of a South American appearance and one black man.

The Melchers family is staying at an undisclosed address for protection and privacy.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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