Thursday, 15 June 2017

Colombian model Paulin Karine Díaz held for allegedly helping kidnappers

Police in Colombia have arrested a local TV presenter and model on suspicion that she helped a kidnapping ring abduct a businessman and a lawyer.

Paulin Karine Díaz, 27, was detained by Colombia's elite counter-kidnapping force in the city of Cali.

Police said she was a "honeytrap" who lured the men out of a club and into the arms of the kidnappers in 2011.

The kidnappers asked for $1m (£800,000) in ransom for the men, who are missing believed dead, police said.

Police said Hugo López Moncayo and Milton Caro Villamil were approached by Ms Díaz in a nightclub on 30 December 2011 and allege that she helped lure them to the place where they were held.
Investigators suspect the two men were killed and their bodies thrown into the Cauca river.

Police said a witness had given them the information that led them to Ms Díaz.

A man known by the alias "The Witch" was also arrested. Police said he had guarded the two kidnap victims.

Ms Díaz was arrested as she was leaving a local TV station where she occasionally worked presenting a sports and fitness segment.

The manager of the channel said she received no payment for her work "but did it for the exposure".

BBC     News.

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