INTRODUCTION Fiat car company executive Luchino Revelli-Beaumont was released on Monday (11 July) by kidnappers who'd kept him captive for nearly three months.
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Background: INTRODUCTION Fiat car company executive Luchino Revelli-Beaumont was released on Monday (11 July) by kidnappers who'd kept him captive for nearly three months. On Tuesday, Mr Revelli-Beaumont held a news conference at the Paris Apartments of his lawyer, Mr Jean Lemaire.
Mr Revelli-Beaumont's abductors claimed that the giant Fiat vehicle concern had prospered through the exploitation of its workers. Originally they demanded a ransom of 17 and a half million pounds Sterling (30 million US dollars). It is understood that ransom of 1.1 million pounds Sterling (about US$ 2 million) was paid for Mr Revelli-Beaumont's release and according to Swiss authorities was handed over to four men in Berne, Switzerland, on Friday, (8 July) Mr Revelli-Beaumont's 26-year-old son Paolo is reported to have said the ransom paid was much less than the reported US$ 2 million. He did not say how much less. A spokesman for Fiat, said in Turin that the company had not contributed to the ransom raised for the release of its 58-year-old executive.
SYNOPSIS: With Mr Revelli-Beaumont at the news conference were members of his family and friends whom he praised for raising the ransom demanded by his kidnappers a self-styled revolutionary group calling themselves "The Committee socialist Revolutionary Unity."
Mr Revelli-Beaumont told how he???d he'd been talking with his family on April 13 and had gone out for a walk. The lights outside his home had been out and a small group of armed men seized him. They are been masked but he'd seen that two of them has brown hair and one has grey hair.
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Until he was found by police at Versailles following an anonymous telephone call, Mr Revelli-Beaumont had been kept blindfolded. He made no mention of the arrest by police of a close family friend, Mr Hector Aristy, on charges of complicity in the kidnapping. Mr Aristy has been in close touch with the family during Mr Revelli-Beaumont's confinement and had been acting as a negotiator with the kidnappers.
Cue 44 feet 1 min 10 secs Mr revelli-Beaumont had been under threat of death from his abductors unless their demands for ransom were met. Asked by newsmen whether there'd been any point at which he'd lost hope he said, " There are always moments of desperation."