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February 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
Former Belgian Prime Minister Paul Vanden Boeynants said Wednesday he spent his month as a kidnap victim hooded and handcuffed and never saw his captors' faces or heard their voices. Vanden Boeynants described the kidnapers who abducted him Jan. 14 as "professional criminals" interested only in money. He said they were well organized and operated with military discipline.
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February 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
Former Belgian Prime Minister Paul Vanden Boeynants said Wednesday he spent his month as a kidnap victim hooded and handcuffed and never saw his captors' faces or heard their voices. Vanden Boeynants described the kidnapers who abducted him Jan. 14 as "professional criminals" interested only in money. He said they were well organized and operated with military discipline.
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February 4, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
It is a real-life mystery worthy of the fictional Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. One of Belgium's most popular politicians, two-time Prime Minister Paul Vanden Boeynants, was kidnaped Jan. 14 from his apartment building garage by a group calling itself the Socialist Revolutionary Brigade. But some people think maybe not. "Let's put it this way," said a non-European diplomat based here, "We have strong doubts that things happened the way they said."
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February 4, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
It is a real-life mystery worthy of the fictional Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. One of Belgium's most popular politicians, two-time Prime Minister Paul Vanden Boeynants, was kidnaped Jan. 14 from his apartment building garage by a group calling itself the Socialist Revolutionary Brigade. But some people think maybe not. "Let's put it this way," said a non-European diplomat based here, "We have strong doubts that things happened the way they said."
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January 25, 1989
The kidnapers of former Belgian Prime Minister Paul Vanden Boeynants sent his national identity card to a daily newspaper in Brussels with a hand-written pledge by him to pay a substantial sum to the poor. A group calling itself the Socialist Revolutionary Brigade said in an accompanying note to the Le Soir newspaper that the 69-year-old Christian Democrat will be freed after a $750,000 ransom has been paid.
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February 14, 1989 | From Associated Press
Kidnapers released former Prime Minister Paul Vanden Boeynants and he returned home "safe and sound" today after a month in captivity, the Justice Ministry said. Unconfirmed reports said the family of Vanden Boeynants, a wealthy businessman, paid a ransom of as much as $5.1 million. The 69-year-old Christian Democrat was freed late Monday near the railway station in Tournai and took a cab to his Brussels home 50 miles away, said Brussels Deputy Prosecutor Andre Vandoran.
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