Briton escapes after kidnapping, torture in Portugal: police
A British national, who was kidnapped in southern Portugal two weeks ago by a group of his compatriots and tortured, managed to flee to safety on Monday, Portuguese police told AFP.
Four of the suspected kidnappers were remanded in custody following their arrest in Portugal on Friday after a tip-off from British police.
The victim, who is in his thirties and from Manchester, was severely mutilated during his two-week ordeal and is currently in a hospital in the Algarve region.
The circumstances of his liberation were not immediately clear but Portuguese media said the case was possibly linked to drug trafficking and a settling of old scores.
The Correio da Manha newspaper said the four suspects had been living in the Algarve region, which is popular with foreign tourists, for years while the victim arrived in Portugal on October 5 and was not seen after that date.
© 2010 AFP