Chad prosecutor questions suspects in alleged 'Darfur orphans' kidnapping case

[JURIST] A Chadian prosecutor Monday questioned Europeans detained for attempting to airlift 103 children [JURIST news archive] from Chad, including three Spanish flight crew members and five workers from the French charity Zoe's Ark [advocacy website, in French; BBC backgrounder]. Six French nationals have been charged with kidnapping [JURIST report], while the flight crew members have been charged with complicity in kidnapping. Four Chadian officials are also being investigated for their alleged roles in the attempted airlift.

On Sunday, a top official with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official website] said the attempted airlift violated international law. Although Zoe's Ark officials said the children were orphans from Darfur, UNICEF found that they were mostly from villages in Chad and were not actually orphans [press release]. AFP has more



 

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