Spain: Three arrested in kidnapping case (UPDATED)

Spain: Three arrested in kidnapping case

Update: Two more arrested in Paris.


Three people have been arrested in Spain over the kidnap of five-year-old British boy Shail Saeed in Pakistan.

Two Pakistani men and a Romanian woman were held by police at an address in Tarragona, 60 miles from Barcelona.

The international hunt for the kidnappers had turned to Spain after it was claimed that part of the ransom was paid there.

Pakistan officials said his father Raja handed over the £100,000 ransom in a European country to end his son’s 13-day ordeal at the hands of the armed gang.

Mr Saeed was due to return to Pakistan today to bring his son back to Oldham, although his current whereabouts is unknown.

It is understood he had already been contacted by the kidnappers, who made phone calls from Spain.

Sahil Saeed, from Oldham, was found yesterday wandering shoeless and with his head shaved after being released by his captors almost two weeks after he vanished.

Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah yesterday confirmed an international gang had demanded that the money was paid outside Pakistan.

It is Foreign Office policy never to pay ransoms to kidnappers and it advises relatives against doing so.

But Rana Sanaullah, Punjab law minister, confirmed in an interview with AP Television News: 'An international gang was involved in it and it was demanding the ransom outside Pakistan in a European country.

'A ransom has been paid. We are trying to bust this gang with the help of other countries.'


Source: Daily Mail (English)

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