Accused kidnapper claims ‘no intent’
A MAN arrested over the kidnapping for ransom of a Gold Coast schoolboy has told a NSW court: "I had no intention of doing what I did".
Zhen Jie Zhang, 53, appeared in Grafton Local Court this morning.
He is being extradited to Southport in custody of two Queensland detectives.
During the 10-minute hearing, Zhang tried to explain himself to the magistrate via a Cantonese translator.
"May I explain my case to you right now?" he asked.
"No," the magistrate promptly responded.
"I had no intention of doing what I did," Zhang said.
He is expected to be charged with a Queensland kidnapping offence later today.
Another key suspect in the kidnapping remains on the run, as detectives probe possible links to a global extortion racket.
Cops are desperately tracking the mystery man amid fears the racket runs much deeper than initially thought.
The boy's father - who reportedly owes $4 million in gambling debts - is believed to be in China, leaving his estranged family on the Gold Coast to pick up the pieces.
He has denied he owes money.