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Men accused of cricketer kidnap in court

Four men have faced court on multiple charges after former Test cricketer Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped and threatened with a gun in Sydney.

Son Minh Nguyen, 42, Marino Sotiropoulos, 46, and Frederick and Richard Schaaf, 27 and 29, did not apply for bail at their first appearance in Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday following dawn raids early in the morning.

All men face one kidnapping charge of taking and detaining a person in company to get advantage and occasion actual bodily harm.

Police say a 50-year-old man, named by multiple media outlets as MacGill, was forced into a car at Cremorne on Sydney’s north shore about 8pm on April 14, before being taken to a remote location.

Three assailants allegedly held him there for an hour before dumping him in Belmore, in Sydney’s west, about 45 minutes’ drive away.

Nguyen has additionally been charged with knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group, while Sotiropoulos faces one count for supplying a prohibited drug of a large commercial quantity.

The Schaaf brothers also face a charge each of participating in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity.

Their bail will be reviewed on Monday along with Nguyen’s.

Sotiropoulos is due back in court on May 12.

On Wednesday police confirmed the leg-spinning bowler waited almost a week to contact police following the “horribly traumatic experience”.

“To be dragged into a car, driven to a remote location, physically assaulted, threatened with a firearm, held for a period of time then dumped, I think you’d be pretty worried about your own personal safety, the safety of your family and your friends,” Detective Acting Superintendent Anthony Holton said.

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