On Thursday afternoon a group of men tried to abduct the Greek shipowner Ioannis Martinos.
At least five men armed with Kalashnikovs tried to attack the young shipowner on his way back home. However, he managed to remain calm and escaped with his car. He then returned to his office and informed the police about the incident.
The authorities collected video from security road cameras, hoping to identify the perpetrators.
Ioannis Martinos is the son of the shipowner Andreas Martinos and is married to Marina Livanos (daughter of the shipowner George Livanos). His family has three shipping companies: “Thenamaris” with a fleet of 34 tankers and 11 dry bulk carriers, “Minerva Marine” with a fleet of 31 tankers and one dry bulk carrier and “East Med” with a fleet of 20 dry bulk carriers.
Martinos’ family is considered to be one of the most powerful in the shipping industry. However they keep a low profile and avoid attracting attention and publicity.