Kidnapped Greek businessman rescued after six months in captivity

A businessman held by kidnappers for six months on the Greek island of Crete has been rescued by police.

Authorities said 54-year-old Michalis Lebidakis was freed in a raid on Monday at an industrial site outside the city of Rethymno.

Eight people were arrested.

Public order minister Nikos Toskas said Mr Lebidakis was "tired and shaken but in good health," adding that no ransom payment had been made.

Mr Lebidakis, who runs a local plastics company, was snatched at gunpoint on March 30.

Kidnappings are rare in Greece.

In 2009, shipping magnate Pericles Panagopoulos was kidnapped in Athens and released after his family paid a ransom.

The kidnappers were later arrested.

File photo of Crete


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