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Interpol hunts mastermind kidnapper

Police spokesperson Supt Mpiti Mopeli

Nov. 25, 2019 2 min read

MASERU – Police have alerted their Interpol counterparts to arrest a Bangladeshi national who is on the run after he allegedly orchestrated a foiled abduction of a Chinese businessman for an M8 million pay-out.

The missing man known as Hoqe Ziaul Mamun, Mohammad Mamun Miah, Zoqe or Abdul Gafur is also wanted in Bloemfontein, South Africa for two other cases of kidnapping.

Police have arrested his five associates who include three soldiers for the attempt to kidnap a 49 year-old Chinese entrepreneur who operates a stationery shop in Borokhoaneng, Maseru.

The Chinese man escaped from his would-be abductors after he alerted police of a suspicious vehicle following him.

Three suspects who included one soldier were apprehended by police on November 14 with the assistance of residents of Lower Thamae as they (suspects) attempted to escape arrest. Two other soldiers were arrested later that day.

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Preliminary investigations revealed that the gang intended to abduct the victim when he was around the Sea-Point graveyard, Police spokesperson Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli told a press conference last week Monday.  

Supt Mopeli’s assistant Sergeant ’Mareabetsoe Mofoka this week told a media briefing that Interpol had been alerted to arrest the elusive man if spotted in other countries.

Had the plot succeeded, Supt Mopeli said the six-man gang would have shared the M8 million ransom money expected from the job. Sgt Mofoka told Metro last week that there were no further developments in the case since the five’s arrest.

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