Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FREED; F1 Bernie's Mother in Law Safe as Police Storm kidnappersPolice Squad Find Bernie's Mother-in-Law Tied Up in Raid on Kidnappers' Hideout

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FREED; F1 Bernie's Mother in Law Safe as Police Storm kidnappersPolice Squad Find Bernie's Mother-in-Law Tied Up in Raid on Kidnappers' Hideout

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Byline: Kiran Randhawa and Donna Bowater in Rio

THE mother-in-law of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was today freed in a dramatic police raid after being held by kidnappers demanding a PS28 million ransom.

In emotional scenes, Aparecida Schunk wept as she embraced relatives, right, after nine days of captivity in Brazil. The 67-year-old mother of the tycoon's Brazilian wife Fabiana Flosi was abducted from her home in Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 Sao Paulo by the suspects who posed as delivery men. Her ordeal was brought to an end apparently without a ransom being paid when armed police stormed a hideout in the nearby city of Cotia last night and found Mrs Schunk tied up. She was overcome with emotion as she hugged family and friends waiting outside.

Speaking briefly before being led away, Mrs Schunk said: "I just ask that the crooks do not kidnap anyone else in Sao Paulo because they will be arrested."

The city's elite anti-kidnap division traced her to a flat in a rundown neighbourhood after investigators monitored phone calls between the kidnappers and the Ecclestone family.

Neighbours said officers broke down a door and no shots were fired. Officers said two men were arrested at the hideout amid reports that police were still hunting other members of the gang, including the alleged ringleader.

Elisabete Sato of Sao Paulo police said the ransom, thought to have been the largest in Brazilian history, had not been paid.

Mr Ecclestone, 85, married Ms Flosi, 38, in 2012, three years after meeting her at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The pair live in the UK and he is said to be the fourth richest person in the country with an estimated PS2.5 billion fortune.

It is understood Mr Ecclestone had wanted to fly to Brazil to help in the investigation and had even offered the services of a private security company to deal with the kidnappers.

But police told him that his presence might be counterproductive and advised him and his wife to remain in the UK. The arrested men were named locally as Vitor Oliveira Amorim and Davi Vicente Azevedo. …

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