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Stuart MacGill with his girlfriend Maria O'Meagher - who is the sister of one of the men accused of kidnapping the star cricketer

Stuart MacGill with his girlfriend Maria O'Meagher - who is the sister of one of the men accused of kidnapping the star cricketer

The brother of Stuart MacGill's restaurant owner girlfriend is accused of kidnapping the star cricketer on the streets of Sydney's lower north shore, Daily Mail Australia can reveal.  

Police will allege in court that Marino Sotiropoulos, 46, confronted MacGill near his home at Cremorne about 8pm on April 14. 

Sotiropoulos is the sibling of Maria O'Meagher, MacGill's girlfriend, who he works with at Aristotle Greek restaurant in Neutral Bay.  

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Police will allege MacGill and Sotiropolous were approached by  two other men who allegedly forced MacGill into a vehicle that evening.

He was then allegedly taken to a remote property in Bringelly, in the city's far west. Police claim he was threatened with a gun there. 

Sotiropoulos has been charged with take/detain in company with intent to get advantage occasioning actual bodily harm, participating in a criminal group and supplying a prohibited drug.  

MacGill took six days to report the alleged kidnapping to police because the apparent incident had instilled 'significant fear' in him, police said. MacGill was 'purely a victim' of crime. 

Cricket legend Stuart MacGill has been taken away by detectives to give a statement after he was allegedly assaulted and kidnapped. He was seen lying down in the back of this SUV to avoid media waiting to speak to him about the ordeal

Cricket legend Stuart MacGill has been taken away by detectives to give a statement after he was allegedly assaulted and kidnapped. He was seen lying down in the back of this SUV to avoid media waiting to speak to him about the ordeal

Pictured: Stuart MacGill and ex-girlfriend Julie Singleton arrive at the Sydney Children's Hospital's in 2016

Pictured: Stuart MacGill and ex-girlfriend Julie Singleton arrive at the Sydney Children's Hospital's in 2016

Man arrested by police in relation to the alleged kidnapping of former Australian spin bowler Stuart MacGill

Man arrested by police in relation to the alleged kidnapping of former Australian spin bowler Stuart MacGill

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Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped in Cremorne, driven to Bringelly and then released in Belmore

Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped in Cremorne, driven to Bringelly and then released in Belmore

Police Robbery and Serious Crime Squad commander Anthony Holton said the motive behind MacGill's abduction was unknown.

But he said it was not related to the cricketer owing a debt - despite persistent rumours that MacGill was facing financial difficulties. 

'I can say his kidnapping is not involved in any other backstory that leads to him having a personal debt to other people that he had to pay back,' Supt Holton said.

'He's purely being treated as a victim of this kidnapping'. 

An hour after arriving at the Bringelly address, MacGill, who played 44 Test matches for Australia and three One Day Internationals, was then driven to the Belmore area, in the city's south-west, where he was released and dumped by his alleged attackers, police said.

As detectives from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad continued to probe the incident on Wednesday morning, MacGill was led out of his luxury apartment by plain clothed detectives and taken to a waiting police car, just before 11am.

MacGill, who was wearing jeans and a hoodie, crouched in the back of the unmarked SUV as it drove off towards a nearby police station where he is understood to have given a statement about the April 14 alleged attack.

'We believe the motive was purely financial, to obtain money from him,' police said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

'They are a criminal gang, it was a targetted kidnapping with the motivate to take money from him with no ransom.'  

Shortly before 11am on Wednesday morning, MacGill was led out of his luxury apartment (pictured) by plain clothed detectives and taken to a waiting police car

Shortly before 11am on Wednesday morning, MacGill was led out of his luxury apartment (pictured) by plain clothed detectives and taken to a waiting police car

Four men have been arrested after Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint

Four men have been arrested after Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint 

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