Questions linger in failed kidnapping of billionaire's grandson

Chiheb Battikh. (COURTESY)

Chiheb Battikh. (COURTESY)

Andrew McIntosh, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:20 PM ET

MONTREAL — A Tunisian-Canadian man failed to tell Montreal police everything about his brazen-but-failed ransom plot that targeted the three-year-old grandson of a Canadian billionaire, a Quebec judge believes.

And it's raised questions about his actual motive, and whether it might have been a more sinister plan than originally believed.

Chiheb Battikh, 52, was sentenced to six years in jail in May after pleading guilty to charges of attempted kidnapping, assault and possession of a Taser, a restricted weapon. The December 2012 attempted kidnapping of the boy in one of Quebec's richest neighbourhoods caused a sensation across the province.

The billionaire's family cannot be identified under a court order that prohibits publication of details that identify the child and his traumatized family.


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