Charlie DevereuxJanuary 8, 2010 07:32Updated May 30, 2010 13:17
CARACAS, Venezuela — Driving home one recent evening from a meeting in an affluent neighborhood of Caracas, a Venezuelan businessman was intercepted by two identically colored SUVs.
Eight men carrying guns emerged, ordered him out of his car and bundled him into one of the 4x4s.
The businessman, who requested anonymity for fear of being identified, would spend the next eight hours lying in the back of the car with a gun held to his head and his white shirt stained with blood from his broken nose. Meanwhile the men were negotiating a ransom with his family.