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Man wanted for kidnapping and fraud crimes arrested at Malaga airport

National Police officers at the airport. File photograph.
National Police officers at the airport. File photograph. / SUR
  • Police swooped when the 27-year-old, who was allegedly part of a network that swindled old people, was meeting an accomplice at the Costa del Sol airport

National Police officers have arrested a 27-year-old Hungarian man at Malaga airport under a European arrest warrant issued in his home country, in relation to kidnapping and fraud crimes.

International cooperation led to the National Police swoop on the man after they learned of his presence in Spain a few weeks ago.

The wanted man, with the initials J.L., was part of a criminal network in Hungary, and accused of kidnapping a woman and threatening her with a firearm.

The fugitive was also linked to a group dedicated to swindling old people, making them believe that a relative needed money urgently, collecting the money from their homes or even accompanying them to the bank so that they could extract funds from a cash machine.

The arrest was made in one of the car parks at Malaga airport when the wanted man was meeting an accomplice from Hungary, who was about to provide him with money and documentation. Once police had verified the fugitive's true identity - since he provided fake documents - he was arrested in connection with the European detention order and, additionally, with falsifying documents.