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Kidnappers set $3 million ransom for young man's release

This undated picture shows Julien George Antoun. (The Daily Star/NNA, HO)

BEIRUT: Kidnappers demanded a $3 million ransom from the family of a young contractor who was abducted in Mount Lebanon Wednesday, a security source told The Daily Star.

Julien George Antoun was kidnapped from the mountain town of Oyoun al-Siman in the district of Kesrouan, the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

The kidnappers called Antoun’s mother and asked for a ransom of $3 million, the source added.

Antoun, 27, left his home in Tabarja Tuesday evening heading to the mountains. His car was found the next day outside the Val de Neige Ski Resort in Oyoun al-Siman.

Investigators lifted fingerprints from his vehicle as part of their investigation, the source said.

His father, George Antoun, managed the finances of the Lebanese Forces during the Civil War (1975-1990).

A source at the party said Julien Antoun was not affiliated with the LF and that the motive behind his abduction was not political.

Antoun’s father declined to comment when contacted by The Daily Star.

 

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