A 60-year-old man who was abducted on April 16 in Aspropyrgos, west of Athens, was found murdered north of the capital at Mornos river in Viotia.
The victim, an ethnic Greek from Kazakhstan, was found dead at the irrigation channel of Mornos. The man was found with his hands and legs tied and the perpetrators had also tied a back-pack full of rocks to ensure his drowning.
The abduction was reported to the police by the victim’s wife on April 17, who said that her husband had called her the previous day and warned her that he had been kidnapped. After that, she spoke with one of the kidnappers, who demanded money in exchange for his freedom. As the woman reported to the police, the victim’s wife had handed over 40,000 euros to his masked kidnappers to secure his release. The man’s wife only notified officers of his disappearance after she had given the money to the abductors.
Police said the victim was known to authorities for his involvement in tobacco smuggling.
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