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Tuesday, 1 October, 2002, 16:55 GMT 17:55 UK
Kidnappings in Germany
Jan Reemtsma (centre) arrives at his abductor's trial
Tobacco mogul Jan Reemtsma was held for 33 days
BBC News Online looks back at Germany's history of high-profile kidnappings, some of which ended bloodily:

  • September 2002 Police confirm the death of Jakob von Metzler, 11, of the Metzler banking dynasty whose abandoned body is found in a lake north of Frankfurt after the payment of a ransom of one million euros (about $1m). A suspect is arrested.

  • October 1996 Jakub Fiszman, a Frankfurt millionaire businessman, is kidnapped and murdered despite the payment of a ransom of 4 m marks ($2.6 m). A man is later arrested. Mr Fiszman's six-year-old nephew, Peter Fiszman, was kidnapped in 1991 in Cologne along with a schoolmate but both were released two days later after a ransom was paid.

  • March 1996 Hamburg tobacco heir Jan Philipp Reemtsma is abducted and held for one month before his captors free him in return for 30 m marks ($13 m). A suspect is extradited from Argentina for trial in Germany in 2000.

  • September 1977 Leftwing terror group the Red Army Faction abducts prominent industrialist Hanns-Martin Schleyer, demanding the release from prison of fellow members including Andreas Baader. The government refuses to concede and Mr Schleyer is murdered after 43 days.

  • December 1971 Theo Albrecht, co-owner of the Aldi supermarket chain, is released 17 days after being abducted in Dusseldorf for a ransom of about $2.1 m.
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