Sunday, August 28, 2011

SON OF SOUTH KOREAN BUSINESSMAN KIDNAPPED, ABDUCTORS DEMANDING US$1.8 MILLION

The 18-year-old son of a prominent South Korean businessman living in Peru, was kidnapped on Tuesday (August 24), as the victim was being driven to school. Police subsequently found the young man's driver bound and gagged in an abandoned SUV elsewhere in Lima, the capital. The kidnapping occurred in the city's upscale La Molina district, which is home to a number of private schools, several universities, a good number of exclusive social clubs and the residences of wealthy Peruvians, foreigners and political figures.

According to witnesses, the kidnappers were disguised in Peruvian police uniforms at the time of the abduction. Those responsible are demanding a ransom payment of five million soles ($1.8 million) for the safe return of the businessman's son.

COMMENT: Ransom kidnapping is no stranger to Lima. The high-profile abduction follows initiatives by Peru's new president, Ollanta Humala, who won the presidential election in 2011. Since his inauguration in July, he has advocated for a crackdown on Peru's mushrooming street crime. Previously, he served in the Peruvian Army, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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