Irish tourist “kidnapped and robbed” by Lisbon taxi driver

An Irish tourist has claimed he was “robbed and kidnapped” by a taxi driver and two accomplices in Lisbon, according to Correio da Manhã newspaper.

The 27-year-old says the taxi trio stole €600 from him after forcing him to reveal his bank codes. They then left him on a highway with no phone and only €15.

It apparently happened at 3.30am on Wednesday (July 1) after the Irish man caught a taxi in Cais do Sodré, Lisbon, with a woman he had met that night.

But the night took a twisted turn when the taxi stopped and a man entered, forcing the Irish man to give him his wallet and mobile phone and tell him his bank codes.

The taxi driver and the woman then used an ATM machine to withdraw €200 from the tourist’s bank account. They drove around for another 30 minutes, stopping at a house before heading for another ATM to withdraw another €400.

The tourist was finally left on a highway with only his ID card, his bank card and €15.

He says he used the cash to take a bus and another taxi back to his hotel before calling the police.

The case is under investigation.