On Sunday Jiu-Jitsu champion Jason Lee was pulled over by armed men in police uniforms in a routine traffic stop in Rio de Janeiro. He was then threatened with arrest and forced into a car, before being driven to an ATM and made to withdraw money.

Those responsible appeared to be members of the Policia Militar and Mr Lee reported the incident to the tourist police. On Monday the Policia Militar turned up unannounced on his doorstep – read the tweets below for more details.

We are working on an advice piece for those planning to visit the Olympics – stay tuned for more details.

From the Sydney Morning Herald

Rio Olympics 2016: NZ sportsman Jason Lee ‘kidnapped by police’ at gunpoint

A New Zealand sportsman was forced into a car by armed police and made to withdraw the equivalent of $800 in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend, just 13 days before the Olympics are set to start in the city.

The police, who warned him not to report the incident and made efforts to avoid being seen, detained Jason Lee after pulling him off a highway into the city on Sunday.

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From the LA Times

New Zealand jiujitsu champ Jason Lee says he was kidnapped and robbed by police in Rio

The incident started when Lee was pulled over in what was originally presented as a routine traffic stop. Then things got weird.

“I was threatened with arrest if I did not get in their private car and accompany them to two ATMs to withdraw a large sum of money for a bribe,” Lee wrote on a now-deleted Facebook post.

“I’m not sure what’s more depressing, the fact this stuff is happening to foreigners so close to the Olympic Games or the fact that Brazilians have to live in a society that enables this … on a daily basis.”

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From One News

Security expert says Kiwi athlete’s alleged Rio kidnappers were probably criminals dressed as cops

Security consultant Richard Ford told ONE News that criminals have access to police uniforms and “even steal a police car sometimes” for these kidnapping situations.

“Generally they’ll just appear in uniform and will take anyone and after a few hours of having him will take all the money out with their credit cards and debit cards, then they’ll usually release them,” Mr Ford says.

“They’re generally very violent at the beginning to ensure compliance.”

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