Part of the ransom money of the kidnapping of the Bossine heiress in Hongkong. (Photo/China News Service)
More information has come to light about the kidnapping of the Bossini heiress in Hong Kong and the HK$28 million (US$4.52 million) ransom payment, including that two of the kidnappers double-crossed the other six men by hiding most of the ransom money.
The major suspects in the case, surnamed You and Wang, tried to take most of the ransom money for themselves.
“After You and Wang got the HK$28 million ransom, they allegedly hid HK$18 million of the ransom from the other accomplices and divided only HK$10 million among the eight,” said Zhuang Jingran, a prosecutor with Shenzhen Municipal People’s Procuratorate, who handled the case.
“The other suspects later learned the truth through news reports,” Zhuang added.
Shenzhen Municipal People’s Procuratorate approved the arrest of the eight suspects Tuesday for their connection with the kidnapping of Queenie Rosita Law, the heiress to the Bossini clothing company.
Six of them were arrested for alleged kidnapping and robbery, while another suspect, surnamed Liang, was arrested for hiding illegal gains, and the last suspect, identified by his family name Jiang, was arrested for holding the victim, the procuratorate said.
According to the procuratorate, You and Wang, and five others planned to cross the border from Shenzhen to Hong Kong at a hotel in Luohu District. You has been jailed several times for theft in Hong Kong and he allegedly masterminded the Hong Kong kidnapping to pay back his gambling debts.
One of the suspects, surnamed Zhang, had a travel permit and went to Hong Kong on March 30 while You and the others illegally entered Hong Kong through Shatoujiao Checkpoint.
On April 25, they kidnapped 28-year-old Law, granddaughter of Hong Kong tycoon Law Ting-pong, and stole more than HK$2 million in cash, watches, jewelry and other valuables, which were being kept in Law’s villa home in Hong Kong.
They kept the hostage in a hilltop cave near Kowloon Peak and released her April 28 after the family paid the kidnappers.
Shenzhen set up a special task force April 30 as Hong Kong police sought help from their counterparts in Guangdong Province because they believed that the suspects had escaped into the province.
Shenzhen police detained seven suspects in Shenzhen and Huizhou after Zhang was detained by Hong Kong police at Luohu Checkpoint on May 3 when he tried to enter Shenzhen.
You, born in 1976, and Wang were nabbed in Huidong County of Huizhou on May 9. Police found HK$2.8 million of ransom money in Huidong on May 14. The other suspects were arrested in Shenzhen and Dongguan and Weng’an in Guizhou Province.
Police also recovered another HK$3.65 million of the ransom money stashed in a backpack hidden on Wutong Mountain in Luohu on May 16. (Han Ximin)