Saturday, 07. December 2013 - 16:12
06. 08. 12. - 17:00
The father of the Vienna based lawyer thought to have been kidnapped more than a week ago is offering a 100,000 Euro reward to anyone who gives over information which leads to his son’s release.
Police have already launched a search for top business lawyer Erich Rebasso, who has been missing for over a week.
Police in Vienna believe that Rebasso has been kidnapped. His car show traces of blood and they are using CCTV to try and track the last movements of the lawyer.
There have been no traces of the 48-year-old lawyer's whereabouts since he left his office at around 14.45 last Friday in Vienna's city centre to travel to an appointment in Lower Austria.
Roman Hahslinger from Vienna police said: "Since then there have been traces of him. We suspect some kind of crime."
Rebasso's silver Mercedes was found in Vienna's Simmering district and there were traces of his blood on the car.
Forensic tests are currently being carried out on the car.
Andreas Rebasso the father of the lawyer said: "My son is a very correct person. He is a very talented Russian speaker. He won a Russian prize aged just 17. After completing school he began studying law.
"He never lost his interest in Russian language and culture. We were totally behind him when he started specialising in Russian clients."
Police believe the lawyer was kidnapped after studying CCTV footage. The lawyer was seen going to his car in an underground car park, but footage of the car leaving the car park shows someone else at the wheel of his Mercedes.
Rebasso is a business lawyer who also deals with data protection and media law amongst other things.
Rebasso became well known in the mid 1990's when he represented Erika and Helmut Pilhar who were trying to stop a life-saving medical procedure from being carried out on their daughter Olivia.
Rebasso had numerous Russian clients but some years ago was named in a fraud case in Russia where between 25 and 30 investors were cheated out of between fifty and sixty thousand Euros each. Rebasso went to the police and claimed his name was wrongly being linked with the con, and he was not involved.
The lawyer then sought to clear himself of any involvement. The case was later dropped.
The lawyer nevertheless continued to receive threats via post.
Police fear that due to these circumstances a crime could have been committed.
Rebasso’s father said: "My son didn’t have anything to do with these dealings. The fraudsters stole his letter headed paper.
"My son is not the type to be involved in dubious, dodgy business dealings."
The search has now spread to Russia where police believe there may be further clues.
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