Police in the Philippines have arrested 41 Chinese and two Malaysian nationals associated with the kidnapping of the 48-year-old Singaporean woman from the Solaire Casino Resort in Manila on Monday.
Philippines National police chief Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa berated detainees as they had been paraded before TV cameras on Thursday.
Wu Yan, thought to be a high-stakes tourist gambler, had been rescued by police from a condo into the city the following day.
Authorities said the suspects they detained were members of a loan-shark syndicate targeting high-rollers that are foreign. Eleven similar instances have actually been reported since 2015, according to authorities.
‘The group ended up being believed to result in a variety of kidnapping incidents perpetrated against international nationals who are high roller casino players in recent months,’ Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes told reporters that are local.
Nabbed for Ransom
According to Balmes, the victim was losing heavily at Solaire’s VIP baccarat tables whenever she was ‘befriended’ by the two suspects that are malaysian who lent her money to help keep playing.
They later invited Wu to another casino, but alternatively took her to a flat where she was physically abused and forced to record a ransom movie. A copy for the video clip had been shown to relatives with a demand for an undisclosed amount of cash to secure her release.