Po­lice seek ab­duc­tors after busi­ness­man’s niece freed

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A 27-year-old woman kid­napped on Oc­to­ber 31 in the Athens neigh­bor­hood of Kypseli yes­ter­day told in­ves­ti­ga­tors about about her or­deal fol­low­ing her re­lease in ex­change for an 82,500euro ran­som as the po­lice sought to trace her ab­duc­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, the ab­duc­tion of the nurs­ing stu­dent – the niece of a big busi­ness­man and soc­cer club owner – re­sem­bled four re­cent kid­nap­pings. How­ever its ex­e­cu­tion was deemed to be rather ama- teur, rais­ing ques­tions about whether au­thor­i­ties are deal­ing with pro­fes­sional crim­i­nals or novices.

The ab­duc­tors had ini­tially de­manded 10 mil­lion euros in ran­som from the woman’s fam­ily but after pro­tracted ne­go­ti­a­tions they low­ered the sum. The vic­tim’s fa­ther left the ran­som money in a bag close to the OAKA Olympic com­plex in north­ern Athens, as in­structed, and the woman was sub­se­quently re­leased un­harmed.

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