July 5, 2022

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Cora President Kidnapped: Locks, chains, tie wraps on accused card

Cora President Kidnapped: Locks, chains, tie wraps on accused card

The former Cora restaurant franchise has been accused of playing a role in the kidnapping of the chain president, who allegedly bought locks, cables, chains and tie-downs in the month before the kidnapping.

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It was submitted to the jury on Thursday during the Paul Zaidan trial in Laval Court.

On the evening of March 8, 2017, Nicholas Tsouflidis was abducted from his home in Mirabelle and thrown into a ditch early the next day without a coat and without his hands tied.

The exact role Zaidan will play in the entire saga has not yet been revealed, but on the same day, jurors discovered this week that he had returned to the store a tablet used to claim $ 11 million in ransom at the family.

In the month before the kidnapping, the accused allegedly made several purchases at various stores, including Rona and Home Depot, according to a credit card statement submitted Thursday.

What to tie

He specifically bought locks, chains, and self-locking fasteners (Tie rolls) 36 inches as well as aviation cables.

In his testimony, Nicholas Tsouflidis explained how he tied his wrists with tie-raps before being forced into the trunk of a car.

The ribbon used to tie it.

Courtesy photo

The ribbon used to tie it.

During his detention, his ankles were held in chains and his hands were handcuffed and tied to a cable with locks, he explained.

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“Remember the details that Mr. Tsouflidis gives you […] A description of the objects used to keep him physically in the sequestration scene, ”the jury also told Sarah Boudreau-Leclerc during her opening statement.

The statement also shows the transaction with the car rental company Enterprise the day after the pickup.

The victim had minor injuries to his hands, possibly caused by duct tape.

Courtesy photo

The victim had minor injuries to his hands, possibly caused by duct tape.

On Thursday, photos taken by the victim tied up in the Monty Champagne ditch in Laval were submitted to the jury. We see that Nicholas Tsouflidis’ hands were amputated and slightly bruised where they were tied with duct tape (Duct tape)

No obvious injury

No injuries were found on his face despite the tape on the victim’s head when police arrived.

“Hairstyles are not so bad either,” joked Christopher Lerhe-Mediati, one of the defense lawyers.

“Yes, but he has short hair,” replied Daniel Fortin, a Sûreté du Québec police officer who took the photos.

విచారణ The trial will also continue on Friday.