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    The family of kidnapped U.S. businessman Bill Niehous waited at home in a wealthy Caracas?

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    The family of kidnapped U.S. businessman Bill Niehous waited at home in a wealthy Caracas suburb on Saturday (28 February) for news form the captors, believed to be left-wing guerrillas.

    Mr. Nichous vice-president of the u.S. based bottle and glass-making company Owens Illinois of Venezuela, was kidnapped on Friday night (27 February) by seven men brandishing revolvers and sub-machine guns.

    Two were wearing military-style uniforms. After holding up Mr. Niehous and his family they drugged the executive and took him away in a car.

    Leftwing guerrillas have since claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the 55-year-old businessman. In a communique to the daily El Nacional newspaper, the supposed captors, said Mr. Niehous would be "tried for political and economic sabotage".

    The communique also said that Mr. Niehous would be executed if the authorities took repressive actions.

    It is the first major kidnapping in Venezuela since leftwingers of the small "Badera Rajo" (Red Flag) guerrilla group obtained a big ransom two years ago for two wealthy cattlemen.

    The group claiming to hold Mr. Niehous did not give any conditions for his release.

    SYNOPSIS: The Venezuelan home of kidnapped U.S. businessman Bill Niehous -- captured by seven armed gunmen on Friday. His family are still waiting in the wealthy Caracas suburb for news from the captors. Dozens of journalists also keep watch on the house for news.

    Late on Saturday a communique was sent to a daily newspaper in the Venezuelan capital by left-wing guerrillas claiming to be the kidnappers. It laid down no conditions for Mr. Niehous's release but said the American executive would be tried for political and economic sabotage. Mr. Nicheus is the vice-president of a U.S. owned bottle and glassmaking company in Venezuela.

    The communique to the newspaper also warned that if the authorities took repressive action Mr. Niehous would be executed. So far his family, who were held at gunpoint during the kidnapping, have heard nothing from the group. The kidnapping of the 55-year-old businessman is the first major one for two years in Venezuela.

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