• Bernie Ecclestone’s mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil – reports


    SAO PAULO: The mother-in-law of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped for ransom in her home city of Sao Paulo, Brazilian media reported on Tuesday. Aparecida Schunck Flosi Palmeira, 67, was seized Friday night in Interlagos, the Sao Paulo neighborhood that hosts the Brazilian circuit of the F1 Grand Prix, TV Globo reported. There was no confirmation from Brazilian officials or from Ecclestone’s staff in London on the report, which came less than two weeks before Rio de Janeiro hosts South America’s first Olympic Games. “We neither confirm nor deny this report,” a spokesman for the regional security ministry told Agence France-Presse. “That is our policy in cases of suspected kidnapping, to avoid putting the lives of potential victims in danger.” The military police also said: “We cannot confirm anything.” According to Globo, the kidnappers are already in contact with the victim’s family. Veja, a Brazilian weekly, reported that the kidnappers were demanding a ransom in pounds sterling worth 120 million reais ($36.6 million).



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