Jail term for policeman

A police special guard was sentenced to four years in jail yesterday after being found guilty of kidnapping and blackmail, while three other men were jailed for 16 years in the same case for circulating forged banknotes. A Thessaloniki court heard that in 2004 the three men, two Nigerians and a Cameroonian, put forged banknotes with a face value of -173,000 into circulation in Greece. The three Africans were allegedly kidnapped by four men, one of whom was the convicted policeman, in October 2005. The kidnappers locked the three in a shipping container and demanded 300,000 euros from members of the Cameroonian community for their release. However, police officers rescued the three men and arrested the four alleged kidnappers. The court acquitted three of the four but found the unnamed special guard guilty. He has lodged an appeal against the ruling.

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