Flight crew in Chad charged as kidnapping accomplices

7th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 November 2007, MADRID - The three Spanish flight crew members currently being held in Chad over their involvement in a plan to kidnap more than 100 supposedly sick children from war-torn Darfur were accused yesterday by Chadian interior minister, Ahmat Mahamat Bachir, of knowing the intentions of the French NGO that had contracted their services.

7 November 2007

MADRID - The three Spanish flight crew members currently being held in Chad over their involvement in a  plan to kidnap more than 100 supposedly sick children from war-torn Darfur were accused yesterday by Chadian interior minister, Ahmat Mahamat Bachir, of knowing the intentions of the French NGO that had contracted their services.

A total of seven Spaniards, along with 10 other Europeans, were arrested on October 25, after authorities in the African country claimed that the children they were attempting to fly out of the country were not sick nor were they orphans, but instead from the Chad side of the border with Darfur and had at least one family member they considered a parent. Four Spanish stewardesses were released on Saturday along with three  French journalists after France's President Nicolas Sarkozy intervened.

The three remaining Spaniards, two pilots and a male flight attendant, have been charged with being accomplices to kidnapping, and are awaiting a decision in the next 10 days from the investigating judge as to whether to grant them bail. According to  Bachir, the arrested men "knew where they were going and to whom they had to take [the children]." He accused the crew of faking documents, claiming  they altered the registration of their Boeing plane.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

 

 

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