It seems an organised crime group may be behind the stabbing and attempted kidnap of a British American Tobacco executive outside his home in Sydney in early June. The report below – well worth a read – suggests that the attempted abduction was possible a warning not to cooperate with police in their efforts to crush the illegal tobacco trade.

From the Sydney Morning Herald

Australian tobacco executive bashed and stabbed in attempted kidnap

A criminal syndicate is suspected of ordering the botched kidnapping in June of a former decorated NSW policeman turned manager of British American Tobacco.

The BAT manager was stabbed and bashed by at least three men, after he refused their order that he get into a car. The kidnappers arrived at the man’s Sydney home at around 10pm on Saturday June 4.

A source said the manager was forced to “fight for his life” to ward off the kidnappers, who have not been identified. He was rushed to hospital after the attack.

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