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Nightmare of kidnapping returns to Italy as millionaire's wife is held

The nightmare of kidnap and ransom has returned to Italy. On Sunday morning, the wife of a construction millionaire was grabbed outside the family villa, bundled into a car and driven away. Anna Maria Valdata, 74, was on her way to church when four “foreign-looking” men, unknown to the village of Silvano Pietra, seized her. The village is close to the junction of two motorways and by the time Franco Valdata discovered his wife was missing and raised the alarm she could have been more than 90 miles away. Mr Valdata found a crumpled note inside the villa’s grounds, demanding in erratic Italian the payment of €1.25m (£825m) “or else we will kill her”. The note was composed with Letraset-type transferable print. Police refuse to confirm any details, including the rumour that Mrs Valdata was seized by the Russian mafia.Full Story

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