Belgian multi-millionaire industrialist Baron Edouard-Jean Empain, kidnapped earlier this year and held in chains for two months, says he plans resuming active direction of his huge industrial empire.
SCU Baron Edouard-Jean Empain speaking (in English) at news conference to reporters
TRANSCRIPT: EMPAIN: "Try to live, just try to live one hour after another one and not try to escape, not try to battle, be confident and try to believe that somebody will come to help you the police or something else. Some moments I thought I would try to fight my way out but I won't give that advice I think it is wrong, you can't fight against too many people and you must be confident. You must think that life er...live is the principal thing, try and live another hour, that's what I tried to do."
REPORTER: "What effect did it have?"
EMPAIN: "Oh well, I can't say. I forgot everything now but let's say for me all this story is like a bad movie you know something like that, a bad movie I saw a few months ago. I don't believe it happened to me. It's a story which is not mine anymore and it's an awful story but I don't believe it happened to me."
REPORTER: "Can you tell us what you did when you were in New York?"
EMPAIN: "Yes I went to the States. Why did I go there? Well I had to go some-place where nobody find me, all those people specially. I didn't really hide you know in the States, a lot of people saw me. The States is a very big country, it's a free country and you know I happen to be half-American my mother was American and it's a ...country I like very much. Let's say when I left this country I wasn't quite sure whether I'd come back and if I hadn't come back here I would have stayed in the States, that's why I went in the first place.
Baron Empain was released after police killed one of his kidnappers and captured another when they came to pick up the ransom. Six people are awaiting trial in connection with the case and several other are being sought. The industrialist said he owed his life to police action but made it clear that when he was released he was unhappy over questions from police and magistrates who hinted at one point that they thought the kidnapping might have been self-engineered.
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Background: Belgian multi-millionaire industrialist Baron Edouard-Jean Empain, kidnapped earlier this year and held in chains for two months, says he plans resuming active direction of his huge industrial empire. After his release last March 26 the 40-year-old Baron temporarily handed over the running of his vast conglomerate of 150 companies. For the past five months he has been resting in the United States to recover from his ordeal, during which part of a finger was cut off to press his kidnappers' ransom demands. At a news conference in Paris on Thursday (7 September) Baron Empain told reporters what he had thought about during his capture.