F1 boss Ecclestone’s pilot held over kidnap
BRAZILIAN police arrested the alleged mastermind behind the kidnapping of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s mother-in-law, a helicopter pilot who worked for the British billionaire’s family, officials said.
The arrest came after police rescued Aparecida Schunck Flosi Palmeira, the 67-year-old mother of Mr Ecclestone’s Brazilian wife, Fabiana Flosi, on July 31 after more than a week in captivity.
The pilot, Jorge Eurico da Silva Faria, “planned the kidnapping and knew these people’s routines”, said the Sao Paulo state security service on Aug 1.
It said the pilot worked for Mr Ecclestone’s family.
Ms Schunck, who was kidnapped on July 22, was rescued by the police in a massive night-time raid in the city of Cotia, in the greater Sao Paulo area.
Two suspects were immediately arrested at the scene on July 31.
Ms Schunck was unharmed but shaken after more than a week in captivity.
She spoke briefly to television cameras as she arrived at a police station after being freed, before hugging waiting relatives.
A ransom demand of US$36.6 million was made to the family. But no ransom was paid. –
Bernie Ecclestone did not pay any ransom.