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Kidnapping expert: Venezuelan authorities helpless in Ramos case, but risk to his life is low

Nov 10, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

Wilson Ramos AP

As we wait for any word or developments in the Wilson Ramos kidnapping, Wahingtonian magazine has a Q&A with Chris Voss, who is an expert on international kidnapping.  Of interest:

Are the Venezuelan authorities up to the task of finding him?

No. Kidnapping is a problem most effectively dealt with by civilian law enforcement—the police. But Chávez [Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez] has done everything he can to give control to the military to weaken the police. The military does not have the method of operation or training to deal with a kidnapping …

Do you think Ramos’s life is at risk?

If this is a ransom kidnapping, then the risk of harm is low.

Interesting reading on a harrowing day.

  1. blueintown - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    ….but one would assume the risk of harm is higher than if he had not been kidnapped at all.

    • b7p19 - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      Maybe the kidnappers took him to protect him from an attack that they heard about on the streets. They tried to alert the polie, but nobody believed them so they took matters into their own hands.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 10, 2011 at 6:14 PM

        So, you believe his kidnappers are these guys:

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    You can only pray for him and his family. He must be terrified!

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