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July 13, 1992
Marjorie Miller reports that "the U.S. government said it would no longer kidnap Mexican citizens but refused to back up its pledge with any legal guarantees" (July 2). U.S. officials seem to be unaware that Mexico and other countries already have a new and plain-spoken legal safeguard against future kidnapings. On Nov. 11, 1990, the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs came into force. In text blunt enough for all to understand, the convention enjoins that a treaty party "shall not undertake in the territory of another Party the exercise of jurisdiction and performance of functions which are exclusively reserved for the authorities of that other Party by its domestic law."
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WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Sherif Tarek
A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in neighboring Libya pleaded tearfully with his country's president in an online video to negotiate with a militant group for his release. Mohammed Bel Sheik, who was reportedly kidnapped a month ago in Tripoli, did not appear to be injured. Another Tunisian diplomat was abducted in Tripoli last week, shortly after Jordan's ambassador to Libya, Fawaz Itan, was seized. The fate of those two men is unknown. Kidnappings have surged in Libya since the revolution that ousted Moammar Kadafi in October 2011.
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WORLD
June 3, 2009 | Associated Press
An Iraqi court Tuesday convicted a Sunni architect in the 2004 kidnapping-slaying of British aid worker Margaret Hassan and sentenced him to life in prison. Hassan was married to an Iraqi and had lived in the country for 30 years. She was seized in October 2004 on her way to work in Baghdad, where she served as director of CARE International in Iraq.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
Los Angeles police are investigating potential links between the kidnapping of a teenage girl who was doused with flammable liquid and two other South L.A. attacks that left two women and a 1-year-old boy dead. The suspect, Robert Ransom Jr., 30, has been charged with nine felony counts related to the attack on the 16-year-old, including rape, attempted murder, kidnapping and assault, according to a complaint filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. He pleaded not guilty to the charges April 8, said Shiara  Dávila-Morales, a spokeswoman for the district attorney.
NATIONAL
May 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
A street preacher charged with kidnapping teenager Elizabeth Smart was removed from court Tuesday after shouting biblical admonitions, the fifth time he has been removed from hearings for such a disruption. Brian David Mitchell was only in his defense chair seconds before shouting: "Awaken, arise Israel. Come forth, Babylon. Repent, repent for the kingdom."
WORLD
November 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Colombian bishop who heads the Latin American bishops conference was kidnapped in an area where leftist rebels are active, a Roman Catholic priest said. Jorge Enrique Jimenez was abducted along with Father Desiderio Orejuela on their way to perform a religious ceremony in Pacho, 40 miles north of the capital, Bogota, Father Raul Alfonso Carrillo told local radio.
WORLD
March 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Eritrea dismissed allegations that its forces crossed into neighboring Ethiopia and kidnapped five Britons affiliated with their country's embassy and 13 Ethiopians who were touring a remote border region. The tour group went missing Thursday while traveling in Ethiopia's Afar region, a barren expanse of salt mines and volcanoes 300 miles northeast of the capital, Addis Ababa.
WORLD
January 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen demanding a ransom kidnapped an American engineer and a British engineer on their way to work in Nigeria's southern oil city of Port Harcourt, authorities said. The abduction brings to 29 the number of foreign workers held by armed groups in the remote swamps of the Niger Delta. Diplomats said the two men worked for local construction firm Pivot. A security source said the kidnappers demanded $11.7 million.
WORLD
January 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Cabinet minister emerged from six years in rebel captivity and said he fled through the jungle for five days after Colombian troops attacked the guerrillas who held him. Fernando Araujo, 51, said he escaped from a guerrilla camp as troops battled the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. He walked through the mountainous jungle to the hamlet of San Agustin, 350 miles north of Bogota.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fugitive suspected of kidnapping an Ontario girl and taking her to Mexico was in custody in Mexico City on Wednesday after Mexican authorities working with U.S. marshals and Ontario police tracked him to the state of Morelos. Elias Flores-Martinez, 28, will face extradition. He had been the subject of a an international manhunt since September, when he allegedly seized the 14-year-old girl on her way to school. The girl escaped a week later and was reunited with her family.
WORLD
April 16, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two security incidents within 24 hours involving Afghan government officials have taken some of the glimmer off of this month's generally successful presidential election and renewed concerns about safety in Kabul. Hours after unknown gunmen kidnapped a deputy minister in President Hamid Karzai's government, a police officer engaged in an argument with a female member of parliament opened fire and wounded the lawmaker in the leg, officials said Wednesday. The lawmaker, Maryam Koofi, was in stable condition at a local hospital, according to a statement from the Afghan Interior Ministry.
WORLD
April 15, 2014 | By Sherif Tarek
Jordan's ambassador to Libya was abducted by armed assailants Tuesday while heading to his Tripoli office, the latest official taken hostage in the unstable North African country. Masked kidnappers opened fire on the vehicle in which Ambassador Fawaz Itan was a passenger, wounding the driver, said Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Nsour in a briefing to members of the lower house of parliament. The driver was hospitalized, according to Jordan's official Petra news agency.
WORLD
April 4, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN -- Four Iranian border guards kidnapped two months ago by Sunni Muslim militants along the nation's southeastern frontier with Pakistan have been released in Pakistan, Iranian news agencies reported Friday. A fifth kidnapped border guard was reported executed last month by his captors. His body has been handed over to Iranian authorities, according to media accounts. The case sparked outrage in Iran and inflamed tension between Iran and Pakistan, where the abducted guards were apparently held.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A couple accused of abducting their children from Boyle Heights and taking them to the U.S.-Mexico border have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and other felony charges. Enrique Felix and Rose Chairez, both 28, were arraigned Tuesday on two counts of kidnapping, four counts of child stealing and one count of first-degree burglary with a person present, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The couple also face an allegation that the victims - their four children - were under the age of 14, and that Felix had "serious" prior felony convictions for making a criminal threat and drug possession.  The pair are due back in court April 11. If convicted, prosecutors said, Felix faces nearly 50 years in state prison, Chairez nearly 20. A statewide Amber Alert was issued after Felix and Chairez allegedly took their children - Enrique, 7; Justin, 5; and 1-year-old twins Veronica and Janet - from their grandmother's home in Boyle Heights on March 14. The couple did not have custody of the children, police said, and had been ordered to stay away from them except for supervised visits by Los Angeles County social workers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC's "Crisis," which premieres Sunday, seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages" - create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is both familiar (newbie FBI agent up against emotionally charged odds) and unexpected (the point of the abduction is not clear). Our story opens with something Very Bad happening. In the middle of a field a sweaty and distraught man seems to be disarming security satellites as an FBI agent ("666 Park Avenue's" Rachael Taylor)
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
HOUSTON -- The FBI believes a Border Patrol agent found dead in his South Texas home this week had kidnapped and assaulted three women who were in the country illegally, officials said. "He is the subject of the investigation and we believe he is responsible for the kidnapping of all three of the victims," Michelle Lee, an FBI spokeswoman in San Antonio, told the Los Angeles Times. Border Patrol agents discovered one of the women Wednesday during their patrol near the border city of McAllen, about 350 miles south of Houston, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
WORLD
January 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A former German diplomat and his family were released unharmed, three days after being kidnapped by tribesmen while on vacation in the mountains of eastern Yemen, officials said. Juergen Chrobog, a former deputy German foreign minister, his wife and their three adult sons were flown from the area after they were freed, German and Yemeni officials said. The kidnappers let the family go after Yemen's government agreed to hold talks about a group of detained fellow tribesmen, a negotiator said.
NATIONAL
October 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The parents of a pregnant 19-year-old pleaded not guilty in Portland to kidnapping, assault and terrorizing in what prosecutors say was an attempt to force their daughter to have an abortion. Nicholas and Lola Kampf are accused of tying up their daughter Katelyn, forcing her into their car and heading toward New York for an abortion. They were arrested Sept. 15 at a shopping center in Salem, N.H., after Katelyn fled and called police on a cellphone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A former Irwindale police officer has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop in 2012. David Paul Fraijo, 36, pleaded not guilty this week to five felonies, including kidnapping to commit another crime, forced oral copulation, oral copulation under the color of authority, sexual battery by restraint and assault under color of authority. He faces up to life in prison and is being held in lieu of $1-million bail. According to prosecutors, in October 2012 Fraijo pulled over a woman and asked to see her driver's license.
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