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Convicted Drug Kingpin Alleges Extortion

VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - Convicted Vancouver drug kingpin Peter Li has sued a group of men accused of kidnapping, torturing and extorting Li, his wife and a business associate out of $1.3 million in 2006.

Li claims in B.C. Supreme Court that the six men currently on trial for the kidnapping - Yat Fung Albert Tse, Viet Bac Nguyen, Nhan Trong Ly, Daniel Luis Soux, Huong Dac Doan and Myles Alexander Vandrick - orchestrated the kidnapping and set up payoffs in Vancouver, Toronto and China, where Li's relatives handed over $1.3 million for the release of the hostages.

The complaint says the victims were beaten and jolted with Tasers for more than three weeks before they escaped in March 2006.

"The defendants extorted ransom demands and names and addresses of relatives from the kidnapped during the period of captivity and inflicted beatings and torture upon Peter and Chen," the complaint states. "The kidnapped were tied up, had their mouths taped and were wrapped together in plastic for about 24 hours. No food of water was given to the kidnapped nor were they allowed to go to the bathroom."

None of the ransom money was ever recovered, the complaint says, and because of the incident, Li and his wife are getting divorced.

Peter Li is currently in prison serving 13 years for ecstasy and cocaine trafficking and is represented by Peschisolido & Company.

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