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Four guilty in businessman's kidnapping

'Mastermind' uncle tried separately

01 April, 14:40
Four guilty in businessman's kidnapping (ANSA) - Genoa, April 1 - Four men on Tuesday were found guilty of kidnapping an Italian businessman in an attempt to extort money, receiving jail sentences of up to 13 years. Andrea Calevo, who worked at his family's construction firm, was abducted from his home in the northwestern coastal town of Lerici on December 16, 2012 and held with his legs and arms bound for two weeks in a basement by kidnappers before police rescued him that New Year's Eve. A judge sentenced ringleader Davide Bandoni to 13 years behind bars, with lighter sentences for accomplices Simon Hailaj, Emiliano Shota, and Fabion Vila. Meanwhile Bandoni's 70-year-old uncle, Pierluigi Destri, was being tried separately as the mastermind behind the kidnapping, who threatened Calevo's family if they did not hand over a ransom.