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2 ransom kidnappers jailed for their failed attempt

TWO men were given jail terms of up to six years and fined 10,000 yuan each for their failed abduction, a Shanghai court said yesterday. The duo, surnamed Gu and Li, met each other online and decided to abduct a rich woman in the upscale shopping center of Plaza 66 on Nanjing Road W. to get rich overnight. On March 26, their victim, whose name was not revealed, was about to get into her car in the underground parking of Plaza 66 when the two men suddenly showed up and threatened the woman with knife, the Jing'an District People's Court heard. As they were trying to lead the woman out of the parking area, she escaped successfully. Gu was immediately caught by security guards. Li was arrested two days later in an Internet cafe in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province. In the court yesterday, the duo defended themselves that they did not try to hold the woman for ransom; they just wanted to rob her. But the court said that they had hatched an abduction plan and was planning to extort a 2-million-yuan ransom. This already constituted the crime of kidnapping.

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