Kidnapping just the latest in a long line

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 January, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 January, 2002, 12:00am

November 5, 2001: Four-year-old boy abducted from his home in Fairview Park, Yuen Long, during a robbery by a gang who later demand a $5 million ransom. He is found two days later. Four people connected with abduction are arrested.

September 22: Body of Tse Oi-lam, 11, found under flyover in Ap Lei Chau, a day after she is lured from her Tai Po home on the pretext of being taken to Ocean Park. A $500,000 ransom demand is received by her parents. Mainlander Lee Kwok-oi is arrested and legal proceedings are ongoing.

July 14: Body of Chan Chi-sin, 11, found under a flyover near Kai Yip Estate, Kowloon Bay, three days after he is kidnapped. A $1.4 million ransom demand is received by his parents. Two suspects are arrested. A trial is pending.

June 29: Six-year-old son of wealthy businessman kidnapped outside a kindergarten in Tuen Mun. He is held for five days and released after family pays $950,000.

May 22: Sixteen-year-old son of billionaire toy tycoon Francis Choi escapes ambush by gang of kidnappers who sandwich the vehicle taking him to school between two goods vans outside his Sha Tin house.

July 3, 2000: Nine-year-old son of actress-director Sylvia Chang Ai-chia abducted. Rescued by police 10 days later after being carried around in a suitcase. Kidnappers demand ransom of $15 million but are negotiated down to $8 million. Three kidnappers found guilty and are serving jail terms of between 10 and 12 years.

March 3, 1999: Billionaire property tycoon Chan Kwai-hung, 66, freed after being held for $30 million ransom in Wan Chai. Gang of five each jailed for more than six years.

September 29, 1997: Sun Hung Kai chairman Walter Kwok Ping-sheung's car intercepted in Beach Road, Repulse Bay by gang of 'Big Spender' Cheung Tze-keung. Released October 4 after $600 million ransom paid. Cheung later executed on mainland.

May 23, 1996: Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, son of Li Ka-shing, intercepted by 'Big Spender' gang as car approaches his home in Deep Water Bay Road. Released next day after $1.38 billion ransom paid.