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Lebanese businessman kidnapped in Cairo, ransom demanded

Egyptian policemen sit on benches on a street in the capital Cairo on April 16, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED)

BEIRUT: A Lebanese man was kidnapped outside a hotel in Cairo over the weekend and held for ransom, a local news website reported Tuesday.

Salah Munir Hassan, 70, was snatched in the Egyptian capital Sunday as he made his way out of the Sheraton Hotel, according to Elnashra news website.

The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of $ 200,000.

Hassan’s niece Fatima told the website that it was his personal chauffeur who informed the family of the kidnapping, which occurred at the hands of individuals wearing police uniforms.

She added that Hassan’s son received a phone call from the kidnappers asking for a large ransom, and inquired about the medicine the businessman usually takes.

“We have contacted the Egyptian embassy in Lebanon and it informed us that it is unable to do anything, asking the Lebanese Foreign Ministry to intervene as soon as possible,” Fatima Hassan added.

 

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