May 28, 1996 in Nation/World

Suspect In German Kidnapping Held

Associated Press

Police arrested a man wanted in one of the biggest kidnappings in German history and hospitalized the suspect after he slashed his wrists, authorities said Monday.

Wolfgang Koszics was detained as he drove near the southeastern city of Murcia on Sunday, said Felix Alcaraz, spokesman for the Interior Ministry police.

Koszics was one of two men wanted in the March 25 kidnapping of German millionaire Jan Philipp Reemtsma. Reemtsma was held for 33 days and released after his family paid $20 million, the highest ransom in German history.

Koszics, 54, was taken to a hospital under police guard, Alcaraz said. Police found $157,400 and a mobile phone in his possession.

Although Koszics cut tendons in both wrists, he was not in danger of dying.

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