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Italian police say they've busted kidnapping ring involving children in custody battles
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 31, 2013 5:33 PM EDT
Italian police said Thursday they have busted an international ring of former special forces agents hired to "recover" children involved in custody battles who were spirited across borders by one of their parents.
Police said the investigation involves a Norwegian firm APB World Group Ltd., which allegedly charged thousands of euros to recover children whisked out of countries by a parent who had lost a custody battle. Parents desperate to recover a child were turning to ABP World rather than pursue official channels, the police said.
Martin Waage, the CEO of APB World Group, disputed the police statement.
"We are not a child trafficking agency. We are a professional child security company," he said in a telephone interview. "We never use weapons. There's a lot of fantasy on the part of the Italian police. We are not wanted by Interpol."
Matti Huuhtanen contributed from Helsinki.