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August 1st 2016
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Police in São Paulo have freed the Brazilian mother-in-law of the Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone, 10 days after she was kidnapped. She was uninjured and it appears that none of a reported $36.5m (£28m) ransom has been paid.

Aparecida Schunck, 67, the mother of Fabiana Flosi, was freed from an apartment on the outskirts of the city. Police, who located the site by monitoring phone calls between the kidnappers and the family and tracking Whatsapp messages, told the BBC that two men had been arrested.

According to some accounts Schunck was found tied up, but a one-paragraph statement from the police gave few details: “She was unharmed. Two men were arrested at the hideout near the city of Cotia. The operation continues.”

Schunck looked weary but unharmed as she spoke briefly to waiting press, before getting into a police car to be reunited with members of her family. “I just ask that the crooks do not kidnap anyone else in São Paulo because they will be arrested,” she said.

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