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Police Free Moscow Kidnap Victim

April 12, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ Security forces staged a fake ransom payment Wednesday to free a Norwegian businessman who had been kidnapped and was tied to a tree for two days outside of Moscow, a police spokesman said.

Two kidnappers who were dressed as policemen snatched the Norwegian on a central Moscow street on April 9, said spokesman Yevgeny Vorozhtsov of the Moscow Police Anti-Organized Crime Squad.

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry in Oslo identified the man as 43-year-old Hassan Jadullahvad. The Moscow police spokesman said he worked at a company importing groceries from Western Europe.

Police arrested the kidnappers during a faked delivery of $200,000 in ransom money near a McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow on Wednesday.

Vorozhtsov said the kidnappers did not mistreat their captive and brought him food during the ordeal. He was held in a forest 30 miles northeast of Moscow.

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