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Kidnappers Release Peru Businessman

May 10, 1998

LIMA, Peru (AP) _ Kidnappers released the son of a prominent businessman on Sunday, six days after he was abducted during a violent attack that claimed the life of his father.

Eduardo Hochschild, 30, was released on the same street of the wealthy Lima neighborhood where he was abducted, Bishop Luis Bambareu, a spokesman for the family said Sunday.

``He has some superficial wounds, but physically was treated well by his kidnappers,″ Bambareu said.

The Hochschild family is not releasing any information as to the terms of the release.

Eduardo’s father, Luis Hochschild, 71, was riddled with machine gun fire after resisting his 12 attackers who were dressed in police uniforms. The father, who was born in Germany but acquired Peruvian citizenship, was the majority shareholder of Peru’s third-largest gold mine, Sipan. The son is also a prominent businessman.

Tuesday’s attack came in the middle of a wave of kidnappings and murders that have shaken Peruvians and led business leaders to demand a crack down on crime.

Peru is emerging from a bloody internal war against leftist guerrillas that has left 30,000 dead since 1980. But thousands of weapons and trained killers left over from the war have fed a boom in crime, human rights groups say.

The mayors of several Lima districts have called on the government to declare a state of emergency in the capital.

Fujimori in April announced that he will put Peru’s feared National Intelligence Service, which helped capture top leftist rebel leaders in the early 1990′s, in charge of fighting crime.

Congress is also debating a series of laws that would toughen sentences for kidnapping and give the police greater powers in the fight against crime.

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