The Words of the Ota Family

District Attorney's Photo Display of kidnapping victims Hirokazu Ota and Sawako Takayama

Ruben Alfonso (Paraguay)
April 9, 2007

A Japanese journalist takes a photograph of an exhibit on display outside the District Attorney's office with the portraits of Japanese businessman Hirokazu Ota (upper L), his secretary Sawako Takayama (lower L), Paraguayan policeman Rafael Ramos Balmori and Balmori's friend Nancy Gimenez Sanabria, all kidnapped eight days ago on a highway in southern Paraguay, in Asuncion April 9, 2007. Hirokazu Ota, 61, owner of a property management company and pastor with the Unification Church of Rev. Sun Myung Moon in Paraguay, and Takayama were the object of the kidnapping but Balmori and Sanabria were also abducted when they tried to defend them from the kidnappers, in the Caaguazu district some 115 miles (185 km) from the capital Asuncion.

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