Gang kidnaps great-niece of former Egypt president

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 04, 2011 9:27 AM
Gang kidnaps great-niece of former Egypt president

CAIRO (Reuters) - A gang kidnapped the great-niece of Egypt's former President Anwar Sadat on her way to school and held her for 21 hours until her father paid a ransom, security sources and state media said Monday.

The family reported the abduction to the police, who tracked down the kidnappers Monday, arrested them and retrieved the ransom, a security official said on condition of anonymity.

Zeina Effat Sadat, 12, was snatched from a chauffer-driven car in the upmarket northern Cairo suburb of Heliopolis on Sunday morning, the sources said.

The abductors phoned her father Effat Sadat, a businessman, former parliamentarian and nephew of the president assassinated in 1981, to demand a ransom of 5 million Egyptian pounds ($839,600).

He paid the ransom according to their instructions, dropping a bag containing the money at an agreed location on a highway between Cairo and the northern port city of Alexandria.

The abductors then released Zeina and called her father to tell her they had left her at another location on the highway.

Effat Sadat was unavailable to comment but his office confirmed the details.

(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Susan Fenton)