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Three Arrested In Italy Over Fake Kidnapping That Turned Real

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Three males have been arrested for masterminding the kidnapping of two Italians who have been held captive in Syria for 3 years, Italian police mentioned Tuesday.

Over the course of 2016, the three who have been arrested — all from the northern Brescia province — had satisfied two businessmen from the world to journey to Turkey.

One of the 2, Alessandro Sandrini, was satisfied to go together with the supply of faking his personal kidnapping through the journey, and earn ransom cash.

The different businessman, Sergio Zanotti, made the journey after being promised a enterprise deal involving Iraqi foreign money.

Once in Turkey, each businessmen have been captured for actual close to the Syrian border and brought to Syria, the place they have been held captive by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist group.

According to a police assertion, the three males who have been arrested had associates in Turkey who carried out the kidnapping and handed the 2 Italians over to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Zanotti left Italy in April 2016 and remained a prisoner till April 2019. Sandrini arrived in Turkey in October 2016 and was freed in May 2019.

Media studies, which quoted investigative sources, mentioned Sandrini was charged for fraud and simulating a criminal offense, as a part of the identical probe that led to Tuesday’s arrests.

Police mentioned a 3rd businessman was approached about making the journey to Turkey, however pulled out on the final minute, refusing to board his aircraft.

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