Police Nab Suspects In Kidnapping Of Thalia's Sisters

Police in Mexico City have arrested three suspected members of a kidnapping ring believed responsible for abducting the sisters of Mexican pop singer Thalia, the justice department said yesterday (Apr

Police in Mexico City have arrested three suspected members of a kidnapping ring believed responsible for abducting the sisters of Mexican pop singer Thalia, the justice department said yesterday (April 3). The three were arrested after police rescued yet another kidnapping victim -- a textile businessman being held at a Mexico City house, the department said in a statement. The gang was seeking $5 million for the businessman's release. Officials did not release his name.

The statement said the gang is believed to have kidnapped Thalia's sisters: actress Laura Zapata and her sister, writer Ernestina Sodi. The two were abducted from their car Sept. 22 after Zapata appeared in a play. They were released weeks later and Zapata has indicated that her family paid a ransom but has not disclosed the amount.

Two other gang members were arrested in January but police still are looking for their leader Mario Alberto Bayardo and two other members.

Last month, Zapata announced she was running for Congress, saying her kidnapping made her want to help shape Mexican laws and politics.


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