TANZANIAN POLICE FREE 19 SUSPECTS HELD IN CONNECTION WITH ABDUCTION OF YOUNG BILLIONAIRE

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania- Tanzanian police, on Tuesday, released 19 suspects out of 26, who were being held in connection with the abduction, last week, of the east African nation's young billionaire, Mohammed Dewji.

"The 19 suspects were released on bail on Monday after interrogations. We are still questioning the remaining seven suspects," said Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander.

Dewji, 43, also known as MO, was kidnapped around 5:35 a.m. on Thursday, last week, when he was about to enter a hotel gym for his routine workout in the leafy Oysterbay area, in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

The family of the young business tycoon offered one billion Tanzanian shillings (about 438,000 U.S. dollars) for anyone that will give information on their missing son. Azim Dewji, the family's spokesman, said, the reward was aimed at enhancing search for the billionaire.

"The family promises that, the source of the information and the information itself will remain confidential between the family and the source," Azim Dewji told a news conference in Dar es Salaam.

Soft-spoken Dewji is the chief executive and leading shareholder of the MeTL Group, a family-owned Tanzanian conglomerate, with operations in manufacturing, agriculture, haulage, trading and real estate. It is one of the largest industrial conglomerates in east Africa, with annual revenues hitting about 1.5 billion U.S. dollars, and a workforce of more than 20,000 people.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK