Police in the Philippines have arrested 41 Chinese and two Malaysian nationals in connection with the kidnapping of a 48-year-old Singaporean woman from the Solaire Casino Resort in Manila on Monday.
Philippines National police chief Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa berated detainees as they had been paraded before TV cameras on Thursday.
Wu Yan, considered to be a high-stakes tourist gambler, was rescued by police from the condo into the city the day that is following.
Authorities stated the suspects they detained had been members of a loan-shark syndicate targeting high-rollers that are foreign. Eleven cases that are similar been reported since 2015, according to authorities.
'The group ended up being believed to result in a group of kidnapping incidents perpetrated against foreign nationals whom are high roller casino players in recent months,' Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes told regional reporters.
Nabbed for Ransom
According to Balmes, the target was losing heavily at Solaire's VIP baccarat tables when she was 'befriended' by the two Malaysian suspects, who lent her money to help keep playing.
They later invited Wu to another casino, but rather took her to a condo where she was physically abused and forced to record a ransom video clip. A copy regarding the video was proven to family members having a demand for an undisclosed sum of money to secure her release.
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