Mr. Ronald Grove, the 62-year-old British businessman in Argentina who was kidnapped in Buenos Aires?
Mr. Ronald Grove, the 62-year-old British businessman in Argentina who was kidnapped in Buenos Aires on Sunday (December 16), was seized while driving to a golf course. His kidnappers, who said on Tuesday (December 12) that they wanted a million dollars (U.S.) ransom for his release, were reported to be urban guerrillas -- but it was not then known for sure to which of the several urban guerrillas group in Argentina they belonged. One report said Mr. Grove was in the hands of the Marxist People's Revolutionary Army, which last year kidnapped another British businessman and later released him after his company paid a ransom worth about GBP25,000 (sterling) in clothes and medicines for slum dwellers in Argentina.
Mr. Grove, who has lived in Argentina for 27 years, is the representatives of the Argentina subsidiary of the British Vestry business group, whose interests include meet. His married with three children, and only the week before his kidnapping had returned to Argentina from a visit to England, where his children live.
SYNOPSIS: The kidnapped British businessman in Argentina, Mr. Ronald Grove, was seized on Sunday as he was driving to a Buenos Aires suburban golf course for a game with friends.
Mr. Grove, aged sixty-two, is representatives of a British company with meat interests in Argentina. He's lived there for twenty-seven years, and had recently returned from a visit to Britain where his three children live. After the kidnapping, his captors got in contact with the company -- and eventually demanded a million dollars ransom for his release.
Mr. Grove was driving to the golf club from his suburban home about eighteen miles (about thirty kilometres) from the centre of Buenos Aires. One report said his kidnappers were the Marxist People's Revolutionary Army, which last year seized another British Businessman.
In Buenos Aires itself, where Mr. Grove had an apartment, newsmen were waiting for further developments. The kidnappers -- whose identity was not known for sure -- had been in contact with Mr. Grove's company. But although they sent his colleagues a tape recording from Mr. Grove saying he was alive and wall, they threatened to kill him if police became involved.