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Woman Kidnapped for Gambling Money

16 May 2005

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the New Zealand Herald: "The kidnapping of a Chinese woman was carried out to make quick money after the alleged suspects gambled and lost at the casino, says an explanation posted on the internet.

"Police are giving credence to the report by saying the letter, purporting to be from one of the people who abducted Qing [Kelly] Zhao in Howick this month, contains 'a certain amount of truth'.

"Translated, the alleged kidnapper claims those responsible had lost a lot of money at the casino and were trying to get 'some quick money'.

"…The author said he was writing in response to reports on the website from people saying they could not understand why they had freed Mrs Zhao without a ransom.

"…The letter on the internet says the people involved knew the interior of Mrs Zhao's Bleakhouse Rd house through an associate identified as Gin Shan - which in English translates to Golden Mountain or Hill.

"The letter claims they met Gin Shan in room 301 of the SkyCity Hotel and that he had met someone with a 'tremendous amount of money'.

"'He said it guaranteed won't be any problem. I ask him how he could know that person's details and he said once upon a time he had done some renovation work for the victim's family and that family was super wealthy'

"…The writer says they took Mrs Zhao and told her parents, who were visiting New Zealand, that they wanted a $1 million ransom.

"…The letter was posted on a Chinese website, Skykiwi.co.nz, on Friday…"

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