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Killed SFU prof apparently kidnapped by Colombian gang dedicated to drugging, robbing foreigners

Last Updated Feb 3, 2019 at 11:21 pm PST

Ramazan Gencay (Source: Facebook)

Columbian authorities have made arrests in the suspected murder of SFU professor Ramazan Gencay

Gencay was apparently targeted by a gang dedicated to drugging and kidnapping foreigners

Gencay was an experienced traveler who was attending seminars in Medellín, Columbia

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Colombian authorities have charged three women and one man related to the killing of SFU economics professor Ramazan Gencay.

According to the Attorney General’s Office of Colombia, Gencay was kidnapped on December 6, and his body was discovered in a remote area near Medellín on Dec. 20. It is believed he was targeted by a criminal gang dedicated to robbing and drugging foreigners.

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He was apparently seen leaving a bar, appearing intoxicated, accompanied by two women that took him to a car where an accomplice seemed to be waiting, according to Colombian authorities.


Some members of alleged gang arrested in connection to the kidnapping and killing of Ramazan Gencay. (Source: Handout, Colombia authorities)

After he was kidnapped, his bank accounts were emptied out, which the Attorney General’s Office believes was done by the gang.

The multi-jurisdictional investigation recovered 30 credit cards, and pills, including Benzodiazepine — which can be used as a sedative — and Canadian, Peruvian and Venezuelan currency.

Multiple reports from local media say he first met the apparent kidnappers using an app.

Global Affairs Canada has confirmed arrests have been made related to the death of a Canadian citizen in Colombia.

Gencay had been in the country for seminars and his wife has said he was last seen at a salsa night club December 6.

– With files from Estefania Duran, the Canadian Press