March 18th, 2010
08:35 PM ET

Spanish police charge 3 in kidnapping of British boy

Two Pakistani men and a Romanian woman were charged in Spain on Thursday in connection with the kidnapping of a 5-year-old British boy in Pakistan.

All three were each charged with one count of kidnapping a minor, and were ordered to remain in jail without bail, according to the spokeswoman for the Superior Court of Catalonia, in Barcelona.

The suspects were arrested in Spain earlier this week. Two others were arrested in France in connection to the case.

One of the Pakistani men and the woman went to Paris, France, to collect ransom money and later returned to Spain by car where they were arrested near Barcelona, police said Wednesday. The two others arrested in France are relatives of at least some of the suspects in Spain, and provided housing for the duo who went to Paris to collect the ransom, police said.

The first phone calls requesting a ransom had come from Spain, police said. On Tuesday, the boy, Sahil Saeed, was released in good condition at a school in the Punjab province of Pakistan, after nearly two weeks in captivity, the British High Commission said.

Sahil, a British citizen of Pakistani descent, was abducted last March 3, on the final day of a vacation in Pakistan before he was to return home to Oldham, in northern England.

Gunmen entered Sahil's grandmother's home in Pakistan and seized him, demanding a ransom of 110,000 British pounds ($168,476), authorities said.

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