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Four arrested for kidnapping Indian businessman at OR Tambo

By Everson Luhanga

Police have arrested four suspects after an Indian businessman was kidnapped shortly after landing at OR Tambo International Airport.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe said the victim was kidnapped on arrival from India on Friday 20 January.

She said preliminary investigations indicate that the Indian businessman was lured to South Africa by the syndicate whose members were posing as businessmen.

After kidnapping him, the men made ransom demands to his family in India.

“A multidisciplinary team consisting of various expertise within the SAPS was established and on Tuesday, 23 January, the team traced the suspects to the Fordsburg area in Johannesburg,” she said.

She said four cell phones, including the one used to communicate with the family, were seized. The victim’s watch and driver’s licence were also found in the suspects’ possession, as were one firearm and several SIM cards.

“A substantial amount of money was also seized which is believed to be ransom payments from their victims,” she said.

The four suspects will appear before the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 26 January. The four face kidnapping and extortion charges.

The victim is safe and is receiving counselling.

Pictured above: The four suspects arrested for luring an Indian businessman to South Africa to kidnap him

Image source: Saps / Athlenda Mathe