Chad aid workers return to France

Convicted of attempted kidnapping, the six are to serve their sentences in France.

    The children who were being taken away may
     soon be returned to their families [AFP]

    The French justice system could reduce their sentences, as French law does allow for forced labour for prisoners.
     
    Darfur orphans
     
    The French nationals were arrested in October as they tried to fly the children, aged one to 10, to Europe for fostering with families.
     
    Zoe's Ark had said it was helping to rescue orphans from Sudan's war-torn Darfur region across Chad's eastern border.
     
    But most of the 103 children were found to have come from families in Chadian border villages who were persuaded to give up the infants with promises of education at local centres.
     
    Lawyers for the aid workers later said intermediaries had tricked the charity into taking the children when they had genuinely believed they were rescuing Darfur orphans.
     
    Court order
     
    After weeks in an orphanage in the eastern Chadian town of Abeche, a court order has reportedly permitted that the children can return to their families.
     
    A Chadian and a Sudanese accused of acting as accomplices to the Zoe's Ark group were sentenced by the court to four years in jail, while two other Chadians were acquitted.
     
    The eight convicted were also ordered to pay 6.3 million euros to the families of the 103 children.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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