September 29, 2008

Japanese Businessman Abducted, Rescued in South Africa

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo

Tokyo, Sept. 29 Kyodo - A Japanese business man was kidnapped in South Africa but has been rescued safely, investigative sources said Monday.

The local police have arrested a group of kidnappers - six men and a woman of whom six have Nigerian nationality and the remaining one South African, according to the sources.

Immediately after arriving in Johannesburg on Friday, the businessman, 57, from Tokyo reported to his company that he was abducted while the company president received an email seeking $500,000 in ransom money.

He was found two days later at a residence in the suburb of Johannesburg, with his hands and feet bound. He was robbed of some 100,000 yen but he has been unhurt, according to the sources.

The details, including the identity of the businessman, are not immediately available.

Originally published by Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 0559 29 Sep 08.

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