Quito, Ecuador: UNASE Operation Frees Rabi, Captors Demanded Ransom

Posted on August 10, 2011 • Filed under: Crime, Ecuador, Latin America Travel, Organized Crime, Police/Military Activity, TRAVEL

According to ElUniverso.com the Anti-Kidnapping and Extortion Unit of the Ecuadorian police on August 4th, freed a Jewish Rabbi Yishak Tom Rotem Yosef after three days held by kidnappers. Police say his wife reported the rabbi’s kidnapping on the 1st of August when she received messages and a video in which the kidnappers demanded a payment of $450,000 to not harm the man. Apparently, Yosef flew to Manta, Manabi on the 1st of August with a group of Jews on business. Police say he was kidnapped from a hotel in Manta. After a negotiation, the kidnappers lowered the demand to $10,000. During the payment drop police detained an Israeli, Dan Di Nur, 54 years old who police say was the mastermind of the organization. Police add Di Nur was arrested January 13th in Quito for narco-trafficking. Two more Israeli’s, two Ecuadorians and a Mexican were arrested as accomplices.Read Article

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