Police Free Moscow Kidnap Victim
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.