The two men charged with the kidnapping of Edmonton businessman Alexander Davidoff made a brief court appearance Thursday morning.

Raheel Khalon, 26, and David Chipere, 41, face charges of kidnapping, unlawful confinement, extortion, assault and uttering death threats. They are scheduled to return to court  Aug. 7.

Davidoff, 62, is recovering at home. Police say he was taken captive, beaten and threatened after leaving his home to meet with two men on Sunday.

He was released after RCMP stormed a house near Sherwood Park on Tuesday. Sources told CBC News that police found Davidoff by tracking the signals from cell phones used by the alleged abductors.

The jewellery store owner and condominium developer has had his own run-ins with police.

Twenty years ago, Davidoff pleaded guilty to counselling others to rob another Edmonton diamond merchant and counselling others to assault a real estate developer and set his office on fire. He ended up serving seven months of a 3 ½ year sentence.

In 2003, Davidoff filed a $5-million dollar lawsuit, claiming he was innocent of those charges. The lawsuit was dismissed because he missed a two-year filing deadline.

His lawyer Tom Engel says Davidoff is still trying to have his convictions quashed.