PHUKET: Police on Phuket are today questioning five men accused of kidnapping a Ukrainian couple and holding them to ransom for $500,000.
The gang was arrested by police from Chalong in southern Phuket when the Ukrainian woman went to withdraw money from an ATM in the district.
Earlier in the day, she had warned police that the couple were being held. Police arrested the men who went with the woman to the ATM.
Police were told that the couple were kidnapped from outside a kitesurfing school yesterday. They have been named as Maryna Iermakova, 32, and Igor Iermakov, 37.
Late this afternoon officers at Chalong Police Station were questioning the five men about the allegations.
The Ukrainian couple are also being questioned about potential disputes they may have had with the men.