F1 boss Ec­cle­stone’s pi­lot held over kid­nap

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: EPA

Bernie Ec­cle­stone did not pay any ran­som.

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