Three Antilleans face court over Melchers kidnap

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3 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — A man arrested on the Dutch Caribbean territory of Curacao arrived in the Netherlands to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of millionaire' daughter Claudia Melchers.

3 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — A man arrested on the Dutch Caribbean territory of Curacao arrived in the Netherlands to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of millionaire' daughter Claudia Melchers.

P.G.W., 44, was due to appear in court in Amsterdam for a remand hearing, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor's Office said on Monday.

He was arrested at Hato Airport on Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles when he stepped off a KLM flight from the Netherlands. W. is the fifth suspect to be held in relation to the Melchers kidnap.

Two other men arrested on Curacao last week were brought back to the Netherlands on Friday and Saturday by detectives investigating the case.

The father of one of the man, who is a known Bridge player, denied his son helped plan the kidnap.

He said his son, Lorenzo M., 46, was a friend of the Melchers family, but the victim's father, Chemical wholesale millionaire Hans Melchers denied this.

A man and a woman arrested in Gelderland Province in the Netherlands were released after two days in custody. A lawyer for these suspects strenuously denied they were involved.

M. and another man, Quentin W.L.S, 37, were detained on Curacao on Tuesday and Wednesday at the request of the Dutch authorities. The men are natives of Curacao, the main island of the Antilles in the Caribbean.

Claudia Melchers, 37, 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 Claudia 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.

He has also dismissed as rubbish media speculation about whether his family is involved in drug dealing.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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