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Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone’s mother-in-law rescued after kidnapping in Brazil

According to police, 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck, who had been held since July 29, was not harmed in the operation conducted by Sao Paulo’s anti-kidnapping division

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 August, 2016, 12:46pm
UPDATED : Monday, 01 August, 2016, 12:46pm

Brazilian police said on Sunday they rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone from two men on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

According to police, 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck, who had been held since July 29, was not harmed in the operation conducted by Sao Paulo’s anti-kidnapping division.

Schunck is the mother of Fabiana Flosi, who has been married to Ecclestone since 2012.

Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city and the centre of commerce, for decades has had problems with people being kidnapped and held for ransom, but a dedicated police task force has reduced the crime drastically over the past 15 years.

‘Kidnap’ drama: Brazil police confirm search for Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone’s missing mother-in-law

The incident came just ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Authorities say they will be deploying 85,000 troops and soldiers during the August 5-21 competition.