The mother-in-law of Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped in Brazil with criminals demanding £28 million for her return, according to reports.
Aparecida Schunck, the mother of Ecclestone’s third wife, Fabiana Flosi, was seized on Friday night near her home in Sao Paulo, according to reports.
Her kidnappers are demanding the ransom - the biggest in Brazilian history - be paid in pounds sterling.
The kidnapping is another blow to the 2016 Rio Olympics which are already beset with fears over the Zika virus, law and order concerns and terrorism.
The games are due to open in less than two weeks time with the country experiencing its worst economic crisis for decades.
Ecclestone, 85, one of the most powerful men in sport, married 38-year-old Fabiana in 2012, three years after meeting her at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Reports in the Brazilian press say Ms Schunk, 67, was snatched on Friday night near her home in the middle class Interlagos district of Brazil’s biggest city.
The kidnappers are reportedly demanding a ransom of £28 million for her release and have stipulated that the money be split into four plastic bags, a source close to the police investigation told Brazilian magazine Veja....MORE