Spain: How Not to Stage a Kidnaping

How Not to Stage a Kidnaping

At 10:40 a.m. last Friday, Manuel Antonio Sanchez Perez was leaving a Madrid bank when three men jumped him. Sanchez, Cuba's deputy planning minister, who had been granted provisional asylum in Spain, fought furiously. "They're going to kill me!" he screamed as his pistolwaving assailants wrestled him into a waiting car driven by a woman accomplice. Some 30 to 50 bystanders quickly surrounded the auto. A cab pulled over and blocked the vehicle's escape while the crowd dragged Sanchez to safety, holding the would-be abductors until police arrived. All turned out to be Cuban embassy personnel, including the vice consul.


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