Lethal kidnappers brought to justice

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Guardia Civil officers arrest one of the suspects.

FOLLOWING a two-year investigation, the Guardia Civil have arrested 10 people in connection with the alleged kidnapping and murder of 50-year-old businessman Jose Luis Vazquez Escarpa.

The victim was abducted from the ‘San Gil’ industrial estate in the Illescas district of Toledo in May 2014, and the gang successfully obtained a ransom of €80,000 before executing him, following what police say was a preconceived plan.

An investigation headed by agents from the Homicide, Kidnapping and Extortion team of the Guardia Civil’s Central Operating Unit was initiated.

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The detainees are to be charged with possession of illegal weapons, extortion, threats, membership of a criminal organisation and drug trafficking, among other offences.

The arrests were brought forward after it emerged that the gang were planning a new assassination following a similar strategy, after which they allegedly intended to dismember the victim and make him or her ‘disappear.’


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