"Missing" man seen in Hilton; says Albanian criminals kidnapped him

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New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie)New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie)

Businessman Dick Peschar, who went missing in Amsterdam on Saturday and suddenly reappeared on Wednesday, claims that he was kidnapped by Albanian criminals. But according to the Telegraaf, he was seen taking his ease at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam earlier this week.

Peschar is involved in a complicated fraud case. He was last seen in a cafe in Amsterdam on Saturday night. His Mercedes was found in a ditch. The police launched a search for him, and found no trace of the businessman, until he reappeared unharmed on Wednesday.

The Amsterdam businessman himself told business magazine Quote that he was kidnapped and held hostage byy Albanian criminals. According to him, they let him go on Wednesday when they realized the police were looking for him. Peschar told the magazine that he was kidnapped because the Albanians thought he was involved in a recent assault on businessman Ben Wevers.

"These are not men that you want to talk to", Peschar described his captors. "They come from Albania, I don't know if you've ever had to do with them, but it is not pleasant."

But an employee for  security firm told the Telegraaf that he saw Peschar in the main lobby of the Hilton in Amsterdam on Tuesday. That seems to be ad odds with the kidnapping. 

Peschar himself also seems to contradict his own kidnapping tale, according to the Telegraaf. In an email to Het Parool he said: "I indicate that I was not abducted. Voluntary agreements were made, which got out of hand."

Peschar's lawyer, Lian Mannheims, refused to respond to the newspaper. The police only confirmed that Peschar was found safe.