Abductors free tycoon’s wife

The 73-year-old wife of a shipping tycoon has been released after being held by kidnappers for almost a week, police said yesterday. The wife of 78-year-old Aristides Theodoridis had been kidnapped last Friday but her abductors threatened to kill her if her plight was publicized, so the police imposed a media ban on the story. The victim, Evanthia Fragoyianni, was released late on Thursday after her husband paid 1.8 million euros to the kidnappers, who initially demanded 5 million euros. The handover took place at a rubbish dump in Schisto, west of Athens, but Fragoyianni was released in the Kerameikos area near the city center. She had not been harmed but her health was described as frail after her six-day ordeal. Her abductors wore hoods so she was not able to provide a description but officers are hoping to obtain clues from phone calls between Theodoridis and the perpetrators.