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Chad official says jailed aid workers to return home

Chad official says jailed aid workers to return home

Six French charity workers sentenced to eight years' forced labor in Chad for trying to kidnap 103 children will return to France, a Chadian official said yesterday.
The members of Zoe's Ark will go back to France on a special flight yesterday, the official said, requesting anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
On Thursday, France asked Chad to hand over the six, who were convicted and sentenced Wednesday. Repatriation requests are allowed under a 1976 judicial accord between the two countries.
France does not have forced labor for convicts and there are hopes that if the six are returned, the French justice system will commute or reduce their sentences.
A Zoe's Ark spokesman said he was reserving his reaction until the aid workers actually land back in France.
"Since Wednesday night, they were supposedly coming home at any moment," Christophe Letien told The Associated Press by phone. "It changes from one minute to the next."
"I will react once they are aboard the plane, or even after they land here."
Without confirming that the aid workers would be returned yesterday, the office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he spoke Thursday night by phone with Chadian President Idriss Deby about preparations for their transfer.


Updated : 2021-05-14 07:12 GMT+08:00