French freed in Dubai after airplane fracas

19th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

DUBAI, Feb 18 (AFP) - Dubai authorities released Wednesday several French nationals who, according to the mother of one of them, were detained last week following a fracas aboard a Sri Lankan Airlines flight, the French consulate said.

DUBAI, Feb 18 (AFP) - Dubai authorities released Wednesday several French nationals who, according to the mother of one of them, were detained last week following a fracas aboard a Sri Lankan Airlines flight, the French consulate said.

"They have been released this afternoon," said a spokeswoman, who refused to give the number of people released, where they were being held and when they would be allowed to leave Dubai, part of the seven-emirate federation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

She also refused to say why they had been held in the first place, deferring to the foreign ministry in Paris for comment.

Meanwhile, Dubai police denied that any French nationals were being held and deferred to the embassy.

Juliette Guenza, from the northwest city of Rouen, said Tuesday her son Yvan and nephew Nicolas intervened to cool down an argument that had developed between a stewardess and another French passenger on a flight from Colombo to Paris following her refusal to serve him more alcohol.

She said the ruckus that ensued prompted the pilot to make an emergency landing in Dubai, where dozens of French nationals on the flight, including the Geunzas, were detained.

She said a judge in Dubai cleared her boy and nephew of any wrongdoing but that they were held pending a EUR 8,600 (USD 10,900) claim by the airline against them.

© AFP

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