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Gambler arrested over kidnapping

A GAMBLER who allegedly kidnapped a computer programer over a gambling dispute was arrested yesterday.

Wan Qiu, 40, and an associate, He Jieshi, allegedly held the programer for 15 hours and forced him to write an IOU for 7.36 million yuan (US$1.08 million).

The programer, Xiong Yi xiong, had been hired by Wan to write a program that would help Wan win at online baccarat sites. Xiong allegedly took 200,000 yuan in return for writing the program, and then asked for another 1.2 million to test it.

The program didn't work and Wan lost millions more.

Wan, a gambling addict, had racked up losses of more than 3 million yuan at online sites by June 2007, prosecutors said. He hired Xiong in October 2007 to write a program to cheat gambling sites, and promised Xiong 30 percent of profits, prosecutors said.

In December 2007, Xiong told Wan the software was written but he needed to hire another IT expert to test it. Wan borrowed money from a loan shark and agreed to pay another 1.2 million yuan, prosecutors said.

By the time Wan realized the software didn't work, Xiong had disappeared. Wan found him in a residential community in Minhang District last October after hiring a debt-retrieval agency.

On October 21, 2008, Wan alledgedly forced Xiong into his car, drove him to a hotel and called He. The duo took off Xiong's clothes and slapped him around. Xiong was made to write a promissory note and agreed he'd return the money by the end of 2008. Wan asked for 2 million yuan immediately and Xiong sent a message to his girlfriend to raise the money. His girlfriend went to the police.

Wan and He were charged with illegal detention by Minhang District prosecutors.


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