Charges sought against Belgian in Chad

31st October 2007, Comments 0 comments

31 October 2007 , N'DJAMENA (AFP) - Chadian prosecutors on Wednesday called for charges against a Belgian pilot involved in an attempt by French charity Zoe's Ark to fly 103 children from Chad to France.

31 October 2007

N'DJAMENA (AFP) - Chadian prosecutors on Wednesday called for charges against a Belgian pilot involved in an attempt by French charity Zoe's Ark to fly 103 children from Chad to France.

Prosecutors told a court hearing that Jacques Wilmart, who has been in custody since Sunday, should be charged with "complicity in abduction" in the case, said legal sources.

Wilmart made several flights ferrying the children between the Sudan-Chad border and the eastern town of Abeche.

Zoe's Ark had intended to fly the children to France, saying they saving the children from "certain death" in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan, to foster families in France.

The authorities in Chad halted the operation last Thursday at Abeche airport just before a charter plane was to take the children to France.

Nine French nationals -- six members of the charity Zoe's Ark and three journalists -- face a possible forced labour sentence on charges of kidnapping and extortion, while seven Spanish flight crew are charged with complicity.

French officials and UN aid workers say they believe many of the children involved in the operation were from Chad and were not orphans.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

0 Comments To This Article