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Flashback: Minister's nephew stabbed and kidnapped
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Newsday TT: 22nd September 2005

EDWARD KOURY, the 35-year old nephew of Health Minister John Rahael, was stabbed several times and snatched by four men during a daring early morning kidnapping at ISKO Ltd, Macoya Industrial Estate.

One hour after the kidnapping, a large contingent of lawmen led by officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad (AKS) raided a house at Reuben Drive in D'abadie, where they believe Koury had been kept for a short while.

Officers seized clothing and stolen items from the house.

The house was also dusted for fingerprints and police now believe they may be able to make a breakthrough in the kidnapping.

Koury, the chief executive officer at ISKO Ltd, a company which sells medical equipment, was at his office at 7.45 am yesterday, when four men armed with guns stormed into the ISKO'S premises.

They robbed Koury of a quantity of items, including computers, and then bundled him into a taxi. The taxi had earlier been stolen from taxi driver Ramsaran Samlal, 55, by the four kidnappers early yesterday.

Samlal said the men hired the car to be taken to Curepe.

Instead, they stabbed him several times and ordered him to drive to Macoya. After snatching Koury, the kidnappers stabbed him several times and then bundled him into the trunk of the taxi. They drove to Orange Grove Road where they abandoned the taxi and bundled Koury into another vehicle.

Samlal, who fainted after being stabbed, regained consciousness and alerted the police. He was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he was treated and warded.

The bloodstained car was taken to the Arouca Police Station where it was dusted for fingerprints. Officers later received information that Koury was seen being forced into a house at Reuben Drive, D'abadie.

Officers rushed to the scene and stormed the house, but the kidnappers had already fled the scene.

Police investigators believe the kidnappers were tipped off that they were on their way to the house.

AKS sources told Newsday that based on evidence found at the house, they believe that arrests are imminent. The raids and search at the house lasted for more than two hours.

Yesterday, Karen Koury, the kidnap victim's sister-in-law, called a press conference at Regents Tower, Westmoorings, to plead with the kidnappers to release her relative.

They said that having learnt that he was injured by the kidnappers, they are fearful for his safety and his life.

Crime Stoppers also issued a $25,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for Koury's kidnapping.

A report late last night said five men were detained by police in connection with Koury's kidnapping.

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