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China brings kidnap suspect home from Venezuela

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February 15, 2013 12:05 AM EST | AP


BEIJING — Chinese police say they have brought a major kidnapping suspect back to China from Venezuela.

The Ministry of Public Security says Chinese national Xi Mouwei is suspected of heading a criminal gang that carried out kidnappings, robberies and extortion targeting Chinese citizens in Venezuela since 2010. It says the gang demanded ransoms of more than $100,000.

He arrived in Beijing on Thursday.

The statement says a team from the ministry caught Xi on Feb. 1 with the help of the Venezuelan police and army. It says police in southern Guangdong province also caught two suspected accomplices. It says police will investigate the case further.

China is keen to be seen as being capable of protecting its citizens abroad and punishing those who commit violent crimes overseas.