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3 arrested in British boy`s abduction in Pakistan

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 22:06

Madrid: Spanish police have arrested three
people in the kidnapping of a 5-year-old British boy in
Pakistan, a court official said on Wednesday.

The official with the Superior Court of Catalonia says
the arrests were made yesterday in Tarragona province.
The suspects will go before a judge tomorrow. The
official said she had no other details. She spoke on condition
of anonymity in line with court rules.

Spanish newspaper El Pais said the suspects are two
Pakistani men and a woman from Romania. They are suspected of
having travelled to another European city to collect ransom
money, the paper said, quoting police.

The child, Sahil Saeed, was released yesterday, almost
two weeks after being abducted from his grandparents` house in
central Pakistan. A senior Pakistani provincial official said
a ransom was paid for the release of the child, who is of
Pakistani origin.
Spanish police who raided the apartment where the
detainees had been living for at least a year seized an
undisclosed sum of money, El Pais added. Tarragona is part of
the Catalonia region of which Barcelona is the capital.

Spanish authorities worked in conjunction with British
and Pakistani counterparts.

Pakistani authorities have said someone in the family
was involved in the abduction, a charge the family denies.


First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 22:06
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