Friday 21 September, 2018

Young denies ransom reports in step daughter's release

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young on Friday denied that any ransom was paid for the release of his step-daughter, 24-year-old Krystiana Sankar.

The young woman was released a few hours after she was kidnapped by two armed men while she was at a friend’s house in Crystal Stream, Diego Martin on Thursday night.

A series of tweets from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on Friday morning indicated that Sankar was released by her captors after a $167,000 ransom was paid.

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The 24y/o was released at Morne Coco Road, Diego Martin, around 2:00am on 13.04.18 after a $167,000 ransom was paid. She was kidnapped around 6:45pm at Crystal Stream, Diego Martin, on 12,04.18,” one of the tweets revealed.

Another tweet from the TTPS indicated that suspects were identified in the matter.

“Head of the CID Snr Supt, Ajith Persad, who led the investigation resulting in the safe release of kidnapped victim, Christina Sankar, confirms suspects in the matter have been identified,” the TTPS tweeted as it sought to provide an update on the matter.

However, the Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister told reporters yesterday that contrary to reports, no ransom was paid by him or Sankar’s immediate family for her release.

“I have seen reports of payment of a ransom. There was absolutely no payment of any ransom by either myself or her immediate family,” he said.

Young said he was happy that Sankar was released and returned home safely.

Noting that investigations are ongoing into the matter, he added that the family wants to put the ordeal behind them and allow the young woman to continue with her life.

“I would like to thank the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and all other members of law enforcement who worked around the clock on Thursday night to ensure the safe return of Ms Krystiana Sankar, a 24-year-old adult and step-daughter, someone who I had a relationship with and who I was very concerned about... I was happy when she was returned safely home sometime early this morning,” the Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister said.



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