SEARCHING FOR RAMOS
Venezuela assigned its top investigators to search for Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who was kidnapped Wednesday from his parents’ home in the South American nation, the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington said Thursday.
The State Department condemned the kidnapping but added that it is not involved in the search for Mr. Ramos because he is not a U.S. citizen.
The embassy released a statement from Justice and Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami in Caracas, who said the probe is in the hands of the Corps of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations led by Commissioner Luis Carabin.
“We have appointed a team of high-level specialists … and experts on kidnapping, intelligence and criminal investigation,” Mr. El Aissami said.
Mr. El Aissami promised to conduct “a deep investigation so we can capture those responsible for this terrible crime.”
He said police recovered the kidnappers’ vehicle in a town in the state of Carabobo in northern Venezuela. Gunmen grabbed Mr. Ramos in Valencia, the capital of Carabobo. Mr. Ramos had returned to Venezuela during the Nationals offseason to play for a local baseball team.
“We condemn these kinds of violent acts,” he said.
Mr. Toner added that the department is “monitoring” the case but has not contacted anyone in Venezuela.
‘CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE’
He had just arrived on one of the last early morning flights to leave New York before Arab terrorists flew two airliners into the World Trade Center and the entire U.S. airspace was shut down.
Mr. Tsang was the chief secretary of Hong Kong, the second-highest position in the largely autonomous Chinese city that four years earlier had been a British colony.