Jewish World Review
http://www.jewishworldreview.com | (UPI) -- Colombian rebels allegedly hatched a scheme to kidnap former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani from Mexico City and hold him for ransom, although law enforcement officials aren't convinced the culprits had the ability to actually carry out such a plot.
The New York Daily News said Saturday that according to sources, a former New York Police Department detective got wind of the alleged scheme last month while he was in Mexico on assignment for Giuliani, whose consulting group was hired by the Mexican government for $4.3 million to help them cut the city's high crime rate.
"We do not believe it is something they could actually pull off," an NYPD source told the newspaper.
Nevertheless, the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force has been investigating the alleged plot and has taken it seriously, the Daily News said.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, a rebel group that reputedly is financed by the South American nation's powerful cocaine traffickers, allegedly was discussing the kidnap, although it apparently did not get much past the talking stage.
FARC is blamed for a long string of kidnappings and murders in Colombia.
Giuliani refuses to discuss his security, however he still has a full police security detail assigned to keep a watchful eye on him.
"We've made it a policy not to talk specifically about threats," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said earlier in the week. "We think that there are security concerns that have arisen as a result of his public employment sufficient to warrant a protective detail."
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