"Diplomat escapes kidnap attempt in Venezuela" or when reality speaks louder than spin
By Aleksander Boyd
London 08.09.05 | Andy Webb-Vidal in Caracas, reporting for the Financial Times, writes Diplomat escapes kidnap attempt in Venezuela.
According to journalist Nelson Bocaranda, the snatched European national is Michael Lingenthal, acting director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation's office in Caracas. Bocaranda reports that Lingenthal was kidnapped by four heavily armed men when he was about to leave a restaurant called Members. His belongings, Toyota SUV included, were stolen. It appears that the Chavez regime wants to keep quiet about this issue, given the high profile of the persons involved. Furthermore, Bocaranda informs that "Germany's Embassy sent a communiqué to the Venezuela's Foreign Secretary expressing preoccupation vis-a-vis the modus operandi of the kidnappers; i.e. their outfits, professional weaponry and harsh interrogation method, which Lingenthal was subject to whilst in captivity".
As a side note Bocaranda's note about the matter is entitled "Secuestro Expreso", which is the title of a highly acclaimed recent movie -about the very lucrative and booming business of "express kidnapping"- that Venezuela's Vice President wants to have banned altogether, for, he alleges, "it has nothing to do with the country's current situation..."
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