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The five Czech hostages held in Lebanon are free

(B2) Lebanese-Ukrainian Ali Taan Fayyad detained in the Czech Republic will not be extradited to the USA. He will return to Lebanon. This is apparently the quid pro quo for the release of the five Czech hostages, held in Lebanon for almost six months.

“The five Czechs, kidnapped in July last year in Lebanon, were found safe on Monday evening (February 1) “, indeed announced the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a communicated. They " are currently under the protection of the Lebanese security forces. And their state of health is satisfactory ". Minister Lubomir Zaoralek instructed the Beirut embassy to take all measures to ensure “ the fastest possible return of Czech citizens. A special plane from the Czech Republic should repatriate them ».

The ministry, however, refused to give “ further information due to the ongoing investigation by ÚOOZ » the organized crime unit, nor to confirm the terms of the exchange.

The five Czechs (journalists, lawyer and officer) and their driver disappeared on Saturday (July 18) in the village of Kefraya, in the Bekaa Valley, kidnapped by unidentified people (Read also: Kidnapping of 5 Czechs in Lebanon: a criminal abduction?).



Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).