30-09-2016 09:34 AM Jerusalem Timing

Mastermind behind Estonians Abduction Captured

Mastermind behind Estonians Abduction Captured

Security sources told Al-Manar TV that they had received from the Syrian authorities one of the main suspects in the kidnapping of seven Estonians while trying to flee to Syria

Security sources told Al-Manar TV that they had received from the Syrian authorities, Wael Abbas, one of the main suspects in the kidnapping of seven Estonians while trying to flee to Syria.
 
The national news agency said that the Syrian authorities handed over this morning the suspect who’s said to be Wael Abbas, the mastermind of seven Estonians kidnapping to the Lebanese General Security as he tried to flee into Syrian territory.

"We are currently holding Wael Abbas for interrogation after Syrian authorities handed him over hours ago and we confirmed his identity," a security official said Wednesday, declining to give further details on Abbas' identity.

Lebanon's police chief Achraf Rifi has said Abbas was the mastermind behind the kidnapping in March of seven Estonians, who were abducted at gunpoint while cycling in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley.

The seven were freed unharmed in July. It is widely believed a ransom was paid for their release but the Estonian government has refused to confirm the reports.