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Crime in Hong Kong

Hong Kong police free mainland Chinese businesswoman held by gang for HK$4 million ransom

Seven Hongkongers aged between 27 and 50 arrested in North Point swoop

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 8:32am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 8:41am

Police on Sunday freed a mainland businesswoman who had been held against her will by a gang demanding a HK$4 million ransom.

Seven Hongkongers were arrested in the swoop.

The 54-year-old woman from Fujian province arrived in the city on Wednesday. On Friday her relatives contacted Hong Kong police to say the kidnappers had called them demanding HK$4 million for her release.

After an investigation, police raided a flat in North Point on Sunday morning and rescued the woman, who was unhurt.

Officers then swooped on a number of flats in the area, arresting four men and three women, aged between 27 and 50. They recovered the woman’s watch and jewellery worth HK$500,000.

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By Sunday night the seven – who police said had done business with the woman – were being held for questioning. Officers said further arrests were possible.

Senior Inspector Hui Lok said: “We have yet to see the relation among the seven people … The woman has a wide range of businesses and we have to see which areas were related to this case.”

A police source said the woman had been running clothes and property businesses, and had two unsettled debts worth HK$4 million and HK$1 million.